Heather Chiero

Associate Professor

Heather Chiero

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy


Dr. Chiero is a native of New England, graduated with honors with a B.A. in Linguistics/History & M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane, and Ph.D. in History from TCU after a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award from the U.S. Dept. of Education. She taught previously as a tenure-track assistant professor while ABD at Blackburn College before joining Augusta State University in 2007. She is also past Secretary and Chair of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) Central American Studies Committee, current member and Conference Chair of the Americas Council, and current Regional Conference President for Phi Alpha Theta 2018.


  • Ph.D., History, General Texas Christian University, 2005

  • MA, History, General Tulane University, 2000

  • BA, Linguistics Tulane University, 1997

Awards & Honors

  • Certificate of Completion HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), 2016

  • Certificate of Completion--Leadership Columbia County Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 2016

  • Certificate of Completion--Pipeline II "Leading Others" Augusta University Leadership Academy, 2016

  • Certificate of Completion--Pipeline I "Leading Self" GRU Leadership Academy, 2015

  • Consortium for International Studies Jr. Faculty Internationalization Award 2011

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • HIST 2112

    United States since 1877
  • HIST 4950

    Selected Topics: Mayans: 2012 & Pop Culture

Teaching Interests

Latin America, Central America, Underrepresented Populations (African heritage, indigenous heritage, multi-racial, etc.), Gender and Crime, Migration/Immigration, Latino/Hispanic U.S., Social History, Religion in Latin America, Mesomamerican Civilizations, American West


Selected Recent Publications

  • The Exoticism of Maya Women: Foreign Obsession and Repulsion, 1820-1900, 2010
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Review of Colonial Latin America for future revised version, Feb. 2011, 2009
    Book Review
  • Review of textbook America: A Narrative History, combined 7th edition, 2008

Research Interests

19th Century Travel Accounts, Work/Gender/Family, Crime and Punishment, Identity and Power, Economic History (agriculture and textile production), Colonial era Latin America, Underrepresented populations in the Spanish-speaking periphery, Maya 2012 prophecy and U.S. pop culture

Department Service

  • Arts in the Heart 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society 2012 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Search/Interim Instructor, U.S./African-American History 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Curriculum Changes 2018

    Role: Other
  • HAP Internship Coordinator 2012 - 2017

    Role: Faculty Mentor

College Service

  • Pamplin Student Research & Travel (PRST) 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • PEC (Professional Education Committee) 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Pamplin College Coordinator of Internships 2017 - 2018

    Role: Other
  • Pamplin College Community Service Committee 2016 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Search Committee Reese Library Special Collections 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Undergraduate Faculty Focus Group 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • College Undergraduate Evaluation/Progress Reports 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Academic Success Center Advisory Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Americas Council 2009 - Present

    Role: Special Institutional Assignment

Professional Service

  • Phi Alpha Theta 2018 - Present

    Role: Officer, Other Officer
  • Americas Council 2018 - 2019

    Role: Conference-Related
  • CLAH--Central American Studies Committee 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair
  • CLAH Central American Studies Committee 2014 - 2015

    Role: Officer, Secretary
  • Women in the History of Technology (WITH) 2008 - 2009

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • ISA Scholarship Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta Preparatory Day School 2014 - Present

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • Middle School Principal Search, Augusta Preparatory Day School 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Principal for a Day 2017

    Role: Officer, Other Officer
  • DIVE (Diverse Inclusive Volunteer Efforts)_CSRA 2015 - 2016

    Role: Officer, President/Elect/Past