Office: Withers Hall 462
Office Hours: T/TH 11:00-1:00PM (by appointment)
Holly Smith has a Master’s degree in History and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race and Identity studies. Her research focused on nineteenth century Europe, Nationalism, Modern Ireland, and Historic site interpretation. She is now working on a PhD in public history, specializing in memory, digital history, and interpretation of historic sites in Ireland and the US. Holly has been teaching for 5 years at the University of Nevada, Reno and local community colleges and will be teaching HI210 here at NC State in the fall.
Her love of history was cultivated and nurtured by travel within the United States, visiting museums, parks, and national cultural treasures. With the assistance and influence of her friends and family, she learned to absorb history and culture during her travels. Upon investigating her own heritage, Holly discovered that she is a combination of English, German, and Native American. She subsequently developed a keen interest in investigating her own personal heritage and identity, prompting her to declare her major field of study as history at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and subsequently at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in History, with a Minor in Anthropology.
She has travelled and researched in Europe, especially Prague, Great Britain and Ireland. She is now focused on the development of European and American history and the transnational role relationships between heritage, memory, and culture play in the struggles of today. It has been her goal to encourage the students she now teaches to relate with our joined past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of global and American citizens.
BA History, San Diego State University, 2001
MA History, University of Nevada, Reno, 2016