History Graduate Student Association

The History Graduate Student Association at NC State is an organization devoted to the professional development of NC State's history and public history graduate students. We promote history and public history interests within our department and at our university. In addition to representing the History Department in NC State's graduate student government, HGSA organizes professional and social events such as conferences, presentations, and field trips. Our goal is to provide professional development while fostering a strong academic and social community within our department.



  • Nathan Sperry, Co-President
  • Farris Smith, Co-President
  • Brent Sirota, Advisor

2017 Graduate Student History Conference Call For Papers

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HGSA Professional Development Workshop Series

2018-19 Events  

Doctoral Fellowship Workshop
Friday, February 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm – Withers 358

“Next Steps” Workshop
Friday, November 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm – Daniels Hall
The workshop will  discuss professional life after grad school, both in and out of academia. There will be faculty talks as well as workshops to offer help with CVs, cover letters, writing samples, and much more

HGSA Careers in Public History and Professional Development Series

2017-18 Past Events


How to Write Resumes, Cover Letters, and Prepare for Interviews Workshop
Monday, February 19, 11:45AM-1:00PM – Withers 331
This workshop, developed by Holly Smith and Dr. Megan Cherry, will focus on successfully writing resumes and cover letters needed for internship or job applications as well as preparing for interviews. Light refreshments will be provided.

How to Publish as a Graduate Student Workshop
Tuesday, April 3, 1:00PM

This workshop will cover how to turn scholarship, including coursework, into a published product by reviewing the important steps involved in publishing work as a graduate student. 


Applying for Conferences Workshop
Monday, Sept. 18, 11:45am-1:00pm -–  Withers 331
The workshop, developed by Alex Goodrich and Dr. Friend, will cover successfully writing conference abstracts and presenting papers and posters at conferences. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the event.

Finding & Building a Professional Network Workshop
Monday, Nov. 13, 11:45am-1:00pm 
This workshop will cover methods for making professional connections and building those professional relationships through different venues such conferences and social media. 

2017 Past Events

Joel Lane House
Feb 17, 2:00 pm
HGSA members are welcome to attend this visit to the Joel Lane House to discuss the site and public history field with the Executive Director.

Mordecai Historic Park
Feb. 24, 2:00 pm
HGSA members are welcome to attend this visit to Mordecai Historic Park to discuss the interpretation of the site and the public history field with the Site Manager.

Careers in Public History: NC Governor’s Mansion
March 24, 2:00-3:15 PM
HGSA members are welcome to attend this tour of the Governor’s Mansion and informal Q&A with the Capitol’s Docent Coordinator/INterpretive Specialist.