Matthew Champagne

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Graduate Teaching Assistant

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    Withers Hall NA, Box 8108
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695


Matthew Champagne is an experienced tour guide, lover of art, and enthusiastic advocate for public history. Currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in North Carolina State University's Public History program, Matthew also holds degrees in Classics and history from Pace University.

Matthew has over 6 years of experience delivering guided tours of historic houses around America. His love of architecture, as well as 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 and the Charles H. Dyson Award. 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. Matthew is a born raconteur, a colorful wit, and a sharp academic who brings to his work a natural flair for popularizing high art and culture.

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 affects the perception of oppositional identities and relationships today. 


"Q: Sir, would you like a history of this monument?," History@Work, March 21, 2018,

"Driving Through Dixie," Brick by Brick: History in the Present Tense, October 18, 2017,

"Jack the Ripper Museum," The Department of Cultural References, October 6, 2017,

"Decolonizing America's Oldest Timber-Frame Home: A Hidden History of Slavery at the Fairbanks House Museum." Transactions 20, (2017): 55-65.

“Stonewall National Monument,” The Department of Cultural References, September 22, 2017,

“Casting Out Violence: Queer Youth Combating Violence Through Performance.” Anthropology News 57, (2016): 68-82. 


"From Sewing Needle to Unsheathed Sword: The Life of Catalina de Erauso Upon Her Return to Spain, 1623-1630," Graduate History Association Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, March 2018.

“Decolonizing America’s Oldest–Timber Frame Home: A History of Sex and Slavery During King Phillip’s War, 1675 – 1678,” James A. Barnes Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017.

“Students Become Teachers: Case Studies Exploring New York City’s Student Theater Movement,” International Seminar on the Independent Theater Sector, Dramatic Arts Center of Iran, Tehran, Iran, February 2017.

“D) All the Above: Lessons the Academy Can Learn from the Performing Arts,” 33rd Annual Meeting of the Dyson Society of Fellows,” Pace University, New York, NY, March 2014.


  • BA in History from Pace University, 2017
  • BA in Directing from Pace University, 2017