Congratulations to our first Public HIstory PhD Graduate!

Cheryl Dong, '20

Cheryl's dissertation “Why Don't You Die for the People? Memory and Martyrdom in the Black Panther Party,” radically reconsiders the role of violence within the Black Panther Party.  Cheryl Dong has also collaborated with various public history organizations in the Triangle on physical and online exhibits. Her collaborations include work with the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the Durham History Hub, and the Digital Innovation Lab at UNC Chapel Hill.  She has accepted a job as Assistant Professor of Public History at the University of Northern Iowa for the Fall of 2020 and is excited to start work as director of their Public History program.


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Graduate Studies

Our three graduate degree programs challenge students to put history into practice through research, writing and public engagement.



Graduate Degrees

Your graduate experience begins with an ideal location--minutes from the world-renowned Research Triangle, adjacent to other major universities, archives, museums, historic sites, and parks. History graduate students conduct research alongside our award-winning faculty and engage in the world around them in local, county and state institutions, through the NC State Graduate Student History Conference, and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

With more than 25 full-time faculty members who cover a range of historical fields, our programs allow you to enjoy small, seminar-style classes and close relationships with faculty mentors and advisors.