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In a complex world, understanding history is more important than ever.

Why History?

Join us in the History Department

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.

Commencement 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 History graduates!     Slideshow

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Dr. Xiaolin Duan

Xiaolin Duan is an Assistant Professor of Chinese history in the Department of History at the North Carolina State University. Duan studies socio-cultural history in medieval and early modern China, particularly urban history, popular religion, and visual/material culture.

She is the author of articles and book chapters on topics ranging from the visual culture in premodern China to early modern China-Mexico silk trade. She also translated varies works in pre-modern and modern Chinese history and art history. She has also contributed to the Seattle Art Museum’s project "Online Catalog of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy." 

Duan teaches Chinese and East Asian history, including topical courses on the globalization of China, material culture, popular religion, women's history and environmental history. 


HI 591 Museum Studies Graduate Students Launch STEMinists Website

To accompany their STEMinists exhibit in Withers Hall, the HI 591 Museum Studies students have created the STEMinists at NCSU website.


Dr. Tammy Gordon, The Mass Production of Memory: Travel and Personal Archiving in the Age of the Kodak (UMass Press)

Edited by Dr. Nicholas Robins & Barbara Fraser, Landscapes of Inequity: Environmental Justice in the Andes-Amazon Region  (Nebraska Press)

Dr. Xiaolin Duan, The Rise of West Lake: A Cultural Landmark in the Song Dynasty. (University of Washington Press)

Dr. K. Steven Vincent, Elie Halevy: Republican Liberalism Confronts the Era of Tyranny (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Dr. Blair Kelley is a recipient of the 2020 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for her in process book: Black Folk: The Promise of the Black Working Class. 

Dr. Julia Rudolph was awarded the Judith Walkowitz Article Prize for best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture. 

Dr. Tate Paulette and Dr. Kathryn Grossman (NCSU, Sociology and Anthropology) were awarded an NSF Senior Archaeological Research grant ($200,948) to support the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project.

Dr. Matthew Booker will serve a three-year term as Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the National Humanities Center starting July 1, 2020

Dr. Ebony Jones has been awarded the InterAmericas Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library for 2020-21.

Dr. David Ambaras and his colleague Dr. Kate McDonald (UCSB) were awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (Level II, $99,995) to build version 2.0 of their project Bodies and Structures: Deep-mapping Modern East Asian History and to help develop a new suite of analytical tools for the open-source publishing platform ScalarAdvancement Grant.

9:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

NC State's History Department provides a small college experience inside a big university

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