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Meet Our New Faculty Member!
Xiaolin Duan studies socio-cultural history in medieval and early modern China, particularly urban history, popular religion, and visual/material culture. Her research explores how sightseeing activities influenced the way people interacted with and conceptualized the natural environment in Middle-Period China (800-1400). Her work investigates the historical moment during which the natural landscape moved from the periphery of the practice of power to become a critical element in the construction of cultural identity. She is also interested in the silk exchange between China and Mexico in the early modern trans-Pacific trade. She looks forward to teaching Chinese and Asian history, and topical courses on material culture, travel, and popular religion.
She was brought up in Xi'an, the terracotta army city, in China. After receiving her B.A from Peking University in Beijing, she went to the University of Washington, Seattle, for M.A. and Ph.D. Prior to joining NC State, Duan taught at Elon University as an assistant professor. In her spare time, she likes traveling, painting, and cooking.
Announcing the History Department’s new blog, “Brick by Brick.”
Brick by Brick strives to provide a space for graduate students, faculty and alumni to share ongoing research, exchange ideas and resources, and explore topics through the research of their peers. We feature contributions from all aspects of the discipline, academic or professional, especially those concerning the contemporary ramifications and relevance of historical scholarship. Read More.
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Apply to our programs. We offer three undergraduate degrees: the History B.A., the History B.A. (Teacher Education Concentration), and the History B.S. — as well as a History Minor, the History Honors Program, and an Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program. We also offer three graduate degrees: the History M.A., the Public History M.A., and the Public History Ph.D.
With more than 25 full-time faculty members who cover a range of historical specialties, our degree programs allow students the flexibility to explore their historical interests while preparing for the future.
2017-18 FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS
Dr. Fred Freitas, Big Water: The Making of the Borderlands Between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (Univ. of Arizona Press).
Dr. Julie Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender, Volumes I & II (Palgrave, McMillan).
Dr. Nick Robins, Santa Bárbara’s Legacy: An Environmental History of Huancavelica, Peru (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2017). Published in Spanish as La herencia de Santa Bárbara: Una historia ambiental de Huancavelica, Perú (Huancavelica, Peru: Universidad Nacional de Huancavelica)
Dr. Daniel Bolger, Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided (DaCapo)
Dr. Noah Strote, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany (Yale University Press)
Dr. Anthony La Vopa (Emeritus), The Labor of the Mind Intellect & Gender in Enlightenment Cultures (Penn Press)
Dr. William C. Harris (Emeritus), Lincoln and Congress (Concise Lincoln Library Series) (Southern Illinois University Press), and Two Against Lincoln: Reverdy Johnson and Horatio Seymour, Champions of the Loyal Opposition (University Press of Kansas)
Dr. James Crisp (Emeritus), “Who Were the Texians?: The Creation of a Texas Identity in the Era of the Republic." Essay published in Single Star of the West: The Republic of Texas, 1836-1845 (University of North Texas Press)
Dr. Tom Parker was one of nine faculty across the university to receive one of the new NSRP grants.
At the American Schools of Oriental Research conference in Boston there was a special session,
"Papers in Honor of S. Thomas Parker in Celebration of the Publication of a Festschrift.”
Dr. Noah Strote named 2017 Sherman Emerging Scholar.
Dr. William Harris present paper on "Lincoln, Congress, and the Cabinet Crisis of 1862" at the Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium in Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, on March 17, 2018. It was televised on C-SPAN.
Dr. James Crisp – faculty member for 45 years and Scheduler for 29.
Exploring Public History in Prague
With the city of Prague as their classroom, a group of NC State students experienced the power of public history. During a two-week summer course in the Czech Republic, six students visited medieval monuments, a concentration camp and nearly a dozen other sites in and around the capital city.
History Faculty Named Faculty Scholars
We are proud to announce that Dr. Tom Parker has been named an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and Dr. Matthew Booker has been named a University Faculty Scholar. Congratulations to both of them for the recognition of their work as teachers and scholars. Each of these awards go to just a handful of faculty each year.
Andre Taylor Named Global Change Fellow
Incoming Public History Masters student Andre Taylor has been named a Global Change Fellow for 2018-2019 by the Southeast Climate Science Center operated by the Department of the Interior and NC State University. Taylor’s research explores West African agricultural traditions employed by contemporary Gullah farmers in South Carolina and Georgia, focusing on the effects of climate change on Gullah culture.
NC State Students Excavate Prehistoric Settlement in Cyprus
In May and June of 2018, a group of 15 NC State undergraduates traveled to the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean to take part in an archaeological field school. Directed by NC State faculty Dr. Kathryn Grossman (Sociology and Anthropology) and Dr. Tate Paulette (History), this new study abroad program provides students with in-depth, hands-on training in archaeological field methods within the context of the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project (MVAP).
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Aug 23, 2018
Public History Alumna, Anna Killian, '18, Works with Native Peoples and the NPS
At the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the 19th-century West, Anna Killian is part of ongoing efforts to include perspectives from indigenous people to form multi-vocal narratives.
Aug 13, 2018
Former History Master's student, Stephen Kyle Tadlock, completes PhD
The History Department is proud to announce that Stephen Kyle Tadlock, who earned his M.A. in ancient history at NCSU in 2012, has just completed his Ph.D. in history at Ohio State University.
Aug 2, 2018
Monuments in Early America – Graduate Student Presents Work at SHEAR 18
Public history PhD candidate and adjunct faculty member James R. Wils presented his doctoral research at the 2018 Annual Meeting for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) in Cleveland, OH.
9:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
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