Steven Lechner


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Office: Withers Hall 462

​​​​​​​Office Hours: Friday 9-11:30AM and by appointment

Syllabus: HI 254 Modern American History, Section 5 & HI 254 Modern American History, Section 6



Steve Lechner is a second-year doctoral student in public history at North Carolina State University. The focus of his dissertation is collective memory and late nineteenth and early twentieth century immigration. Steve’s diverse background includes practicing law, teaching, coaching high school football, and working for the then-Los Angeles Raiders. He originally hails from the Catskill Mountains in New York State.  He how resides in Raleigh with his wife Jennifer, daughter, Grace, and son, Abe.


T.A./Discussion Section Leader, HI 251, Early American History, Fall 2016

T.A./Discussion Section leader, HI 254, Modern American History, Spring 2017

Instructor, HI 254, Modern American History, Fall 2017

Projects and Research Interests

Steve’s dissertation focuses on collective memory and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century immigration. More specifically, his work examines the diasporic past of Yorkville, a neighborhood located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. From the 1880s through the first half of the twentieth-century, Yorkville was home to multiple first and second generation European Americans. The vast majority of these newcomers hailed from what is now the Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungary. As this neighborhood has changed through gentrification and other processes, groups inside and outside of Yorkville have made claims regarding the area’s ethnic past. One might say these groups are engaged in a contest to name and frame Yorkville’s history. Steve is keenly interested in exploring and interpreting how Yorkville’s past is shaping Yorkville’s present and vice versa.

In addition to immigration history, Steve’s research has touched on North Carolina’s Reconstruction history, local narratives related to the Black Liberation Movement, and the history of New York’s Catskill region (Steve’s home territory).


B.S. University of Missouri, Parks, Recreation and Tourism, 1993

M.A. Drake University, Communications, 1997

J.D. University of Maine School of Law, 1999 (summa cum laude)

M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, History, 2015