A native of Texas, Carole Bucy is professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and the Davidson County Historian. After graduating from Baylor University in 1971, she came to Tennessee to attend graduate school at Peabody where she earned an M.A. in American History the following year. She later returned to Vanderbilt and earned a PhD. in American History in 2002. In 2011, Carole was appointed Davidson County historian by Mayor Karl Dean.
Carole is author of Tennessee Through Time: The Early Years and Tennessee Through Time: The Later Years, the social studies textbooks currently used in fourth and fifth grade classrooms in numerous school districts across the state. She is also the author of History Carved in Stone: The Nashville City Cemetery, Women Helping Women: The YWCA of Nashville, and several scholarly articles and book reviews. She is currently working on revisions of a history of the national League of Women Voters under the tentative title of Exercising the Franchise, Building the Body Politic: The League of Women Voters and Public Policy, 1945-1964. She has served as a member of the board of directors of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia and is the Vice President of the Tennessee Historical Society.
First and foremost, Carole considers herself to be a teacher. Carol served as Project Director of TEACH (Tennessee Educators Active Colloquia in History), funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Teaching American History program from 2003-2009. During the six years of this program she conducted more than 150 teacher workshops designed to improve teachers’ content knowledge of American History. She also founded the Tennessee Women’s History Project to provide teacher workshops on the contributions of women to Tennessee History. In her role as Davidson County historian, she regularly teaches community classes about Nashville history.
Dr. Bucy is a popular speaker across Tennessee because of her longstanding interests in the history of the creation of Metropolitan government, the Civil War years, women’s history, and the history of Tennessee.