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Matthew Champagne is an experienced community organizer, award-winning theater director, and enthusiastic advocate for public history. Currently enrolled as a first year Ph.D. student in North Carolina State University's Public History program, Matthew also holds degrees in Classics and history from Pace University.
He has over 5 years of experience delivering guided tours of historic houses around America. His love of social and domestic history, shine through his tours, in which he brings to life the culture and ideas of America’s past. He is also a dedicated world traveler, both as tourist and academic, and has lectured in such exotic locations as Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran.
Matthew’s academic accolades include the Benjamin T. Ford Award in history, the Charles H. Dyson Award, and a Kevin Spacey Foundation grant. He has also undertaken cultural and historical programming for such impressive clients as Columbia University, the United Nations, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Teaching and Research Interests
Matthew's long-term research goal is to contribute to scholarship surrounding the history of mentalities towards outlying gender identities and erotic desires and how the transmission of individuals’ stories to the general public affects the ongoing historical record. Matthew studies the history of culturally acceptable relationships in American domestic life and investigates how the incorporation of queer narratives in contemporary house museums effects the perception of oppositional relationships today.
BA History, Pace University, 2017 (Classical and Medieval Studies Minor)
BA Directing, Pace University, 2017