Amber Colvin - Humanities Curriculum, Social Studies, History, Organizational Coaching

Hello! I'm Amber Colvin, Director of Lausanne Learning and educator specializing in history, social studies, humanities, and organization teaching.

I'm originally from rural Arkansas (10 points to Ravenclaw if you can identify my home town, the Trout Capital of the US!), and have a BA in History from Lyon College. I moved to Memphis in 2009 to attend graduate school at University of Memphis, earning my MA in European History in 2011 and finishing my PhD coursework in 2014. I am currently completing my dissertation, titled "'Annihilation in His Presence': Image, Dynasty, and Family in the Royal Portraits and Collecting of Henry VIII, James II, and George II."

I have taught at University of Memphis in the History Department since 2011, teaching US I, US II, World Civilizations I & II, Early Modern European History, and Tennessee History, and have taught US I & II at Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, AR. I have also taught at various public schools in the Memphis area as a short and long-term substitute, been on the steering committee for an international conference on celebrity, and judged at the regional and national level for National History Day.

My passion - and area of expertise! - is making history/humanities/social studies accessible and useful for all students, not just those innately interested or planning to go into those fields. Through teaching with primary sources, using relevant technology, and creating cross-curricular and inter-disciplinary connections, we can make historical thinking a skill all our students possess and can use in their K-12, college, and post-grad lives!

In addition, I also help teachers, administrators, and students organize their files using digital methods, and help teach foundational organization skills.

When not teaching or working at Lausanne Learning, I spend time with my two dogs (Petunia the Basset Hound and Tyr the Great Pyrenees), my cat (Oliver, who is a little evil), my husband, Sloan, and 6th grade stepdaughter Aiya. I also read voraciously and love cooking, baking, and traveling!

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Mentor Contact

As a Lausanne Learning Mentor, Amber exemplifies the Lausanne Learning Five Characteristics:

  1. Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said


  • “’The Big Fellow is Dead!’”: Michael Collins as Celebrity and Nationalist Martyr” in (Extra)Ordinary?: The Concept of Authenticity in Celebrity and Fan Studies (Brill, 2018)
  • Editor, The Performance of Celebrity: Creating, Maintaining and Controlling Fame (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014)
  • “’Ireland’s Sorrow’: Michael Collins, Celebrity and Nationalist Discourse in British and Irish Newspapers,” in The Performance of Celebrity: Creating, Maintaining and Controlling Fame (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014)
  • “Power, Legitimacy, and Propaganda: The Dynastic Ambitions of Henry VIII and James II,” in Stardom: Discussions on Fame and Celebrity Culture (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013)

Conference Presentations

  • “History in the Future: Using Technology to Teach Historical Thinking,” Lausanne Learning: Teach Tech, Memphis, TN (2019)
  • “Using Primary Sources in K-12 History Classes,” LLI Southwest, Dallas, TX (2019)
  • “Teaching Tech in History Classes,” LLI Atlantic, Washington, DC (2019)
  • “‘Ireland’s Sorrow’: Michael Collins, Celebrity, and Nationalist Discourse in Irish and British Newspapers,” Second Global Conference on Celebrity, Lisbon, Portugal (2013)
  • “Power, Legitimacy, and Propaganda: The Dynastic Ambitions of Henry VIII and James II,” at the First Interdisciplinary Conference on Celebrity, Prague, Czech Republic (2012)
  • “North African Women and the French “Ideal”: Skin Color and l’affaire du foulard,” at the Graduate Association for African American History 14th Annual Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (2012)
  • “French Women Don’t Wear Headscarves: The ‘Ideal’ Woman and her Influence on l’affaire du foulard in France,” at the Brian Bertoti History Conference, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia (2011)
  • “The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Doomed by Religion and Politics in the Court of Henry VIII,” at the North Carolina State University Graduate History Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina (2010)

Amber Colvin


Lausanne Learning

1381 West Massey Road

Memphis, TN 38120

tel. 901-860-1946


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