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Matthew David DeNapoli Champagne

Public History

Biography

Matthew Champagne is currently enrolled as a Public History Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. He holds degrees in Classics, history, and theatre from Pace University. His academic accolades include the Benjamin T. Ford Award in history and the Charles H. Dyson Award.

Champagne has over eight years of experience working at historic sites throughout the United States. He has undertaken cultural and historical programming for such clients as the United Nations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and the Native American Council of Columbia University.

He is also a dedicated world traveler, both as a tourist and academic, and has lectured in such locations as Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran. 

Publications

Champagne, Matthew, Katie Schinabeck, and Sarah A. M. Soleim. "Free History Lessons: Contextualizing Confederate Monuments in North Carolina." In Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies, edited by Sierra Rooney and Jennifer Wingate, 237-249. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2021.  [manuscript under review]

Champagne, Matthew. "Decolonizing America's Oldest Timber-Frame Home: A Hidden History of Slavery at the Fairbanks House Museum." Transactions of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College 20, no. 1 (2017): 55-65.

Presentations

"Home Repair: Maintaining Structures and Relationships at Historic House Museums," Annual Meeting, National Council on Public History, Hartford, CT, March 2019.

"From Sewing Needle to Unsheathed Sword: The Life of Catalina de Erauso Upon Her Return to Spain, 1623 – 1630," Graduate History Association Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, March 2018.

“Decolonizing America’s Oldest–Timber Frame Home: A Hidden History of Slavery During King Phillip’s War, 1675 – 1678,” James A. Barnes Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017.

“Students Become Teachers: Case Studies Exploring New York City’s Student Theater Movement,” International Seminar on the Independent Theater Sector, Dramatic Arts Center of Iran, Tehran, Iran, February 2017.

“D) All the Above: Lessons the Academy Can Learn from the Performing Arts,” 33rd Annual Meeting of the Dyson Society of Fellows,” Pace University, New York, NY, March 2014.

Education

  • B.A. in History from Pace University, 2017
  • B.A. in Directing from Pace University, 2017