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Matthew David DeNapoli Champagne

Public History


Matthew Champagne is currently enrolled as a Public History Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. They also hold degrees in Classics, history, and theatre from Pace University. Their academic accolades include the Benjamin T. Ford Award in history and the Charles H. Dyson Award.

Over the course of Champagne's seven years of experience in leadership roles at museums and non-profits throughout the United States, they have undertaken cultural and historical programming for such clients as the United Nations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and the Native American Council of Columbia University.

Champagne is also a dedicated world traveler, both as a tourist and academic, and has lectured in such locations as Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran. 


Champagne, Matthew, Katie Schinabeck, and Sarah A. M. Soleim. "Free History Lessons: Contextualizing Confederate Monuments in North Carolina." In Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies, edited by Sierra Rooney and Jennifer Wingate, 237-249. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2021. [manuscript under review]

Champagne, Matthew, Tammy Gordon, Katie Schinabeck, Sarah A. M. Soleim, and Lisa R. Withers. "Q: Sir, would you like a history of this monument?," History@Work, March 21, 2018, https://ncph.org/history-at-work/q-sir-would-you-like-a-history-of-this- monument/.

Champagne, Matthew. "Driving Through Dixie," Brick By Brick: History in the Present Tense, October 18, 2017, https://history.news.chass.ncsu.edu/2017/10/18/confederate-road- markers/.

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

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


"Let's Talk About Sex," A/V Geeks at the Hunt Library Event Series, The A/V Geeks Film Archive, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGgi5QYJsoI, May 2020.

"More Than Friends: Interpreting Same-Sex Relationships at Historic Sites," Virtual Threads: An NCPH Twitter Mini-Con, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, March 2020.

"The Importance of Including the History and Heritage of LGBTQ+ People in Interpreted Spaces," Speaking Culturally, https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/speaking- culturally/the-importance-of-including-AigSqh2tDO3/, November 2019.

"A Brief History of the Gay Liberation Front," Bellevue Big Picture School, Bellevue, WA, March 2019.

"Historians for a Better Future," the Department of History, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, March 2018.

"Focus On: Confederate Monuments," UNC-TV and WFAE's Charlotte Talks, North Carolina Public Television, Raleigh, NC, https://video.unctv.org/video/focus-on-confederate- monuments-czrlxu/, November 2017.

“Curating Performance: Notes from Public Historians to Theatre Artists,” the Dyson College of Arts and Science, Pace University, New York, NY, October 2017.

“Historians for a Better Future,” Durham Humanities Alliance, Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Durham, NC, October 2017.


  • B.A. in History from Pace University, 2017
  • B.A. in Directing from Pace University, 2017