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Matthew David DeNapoli Champagne

Public History


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

Champagne has over 7 years of experience working at historic sites. They have 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.

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


With Tammy Gordon, Katie Schinabeck, Sarah A. M. Soleim, and Lisa R. Withers. "Q: Sir, would you like a history of this monument?," History@Work, March 21, 2018, https://ncph.org/history-at-work/q-sir-would-you-like-a-history-of-this-monument/.

"Driving Through Dixie," Brick By Brick: History in the Present Tense, October 18, 2017, https://history.news.chass.ncsu.edu/2017/10/18/confederate-road-markers/.

"Jack the Ripper Museum," The Department of Cultural References, October 6, 2017, http://tammysgordon.org/DCR/items/show/82.

"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 (2017): 55-65.

“Stonewall National Monument,” The Department of Cultural References, September 22, 2017, http://tammysgordon.org/DCR/items/show/76.

“Casting Out Violence: Queer Youth Combating Violence Through Performance.” Anthropology News 57 (2016): 68-82. 


“Queering Space Outside the Closet: Spatial Conceptions of the Gay Community Since World War II,” Graduate Student History Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, March 2019.

"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 History of Sex and 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.


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