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Craig Friend

Professor of History and Public History

Department of History

Withers Hall 368

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Bio

Craig Thompson Friend is Professor of History and Director Emeritus of Public History. In 2019, I was named NCSU Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor. I also served as 2017-2018 President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. My academic interests are two-fold: In History, I research in the early American republic, Old South, issues of identity and commemoration, gender and masculinity, and death culture. In Public History, they are in public memory and commemoration, family and community history, and the history of public history. My research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, the Winterthur Museum and Library, the Filson Historical Society, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. I have been honored with the Governor’s Award for the best book on Kentucky history in 2007-2010; the Maclura Award for outstanding volunteer work by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources program; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Bookings

I consider it an honor to work with public audiences on historical projects and to present my scholarship to them. I can talk on any of the topics of my publications and current projects. I may also consider putting together a presentation for your interests, if I have time and sufficient background in the topic. Just ask.

Scholarship

Poetry

Current Projects

  • The Story of Lunsford Lane (book manuscript)
  • The Gendered Republic: Women and Men in the United States, 1776-1861, co-edited with Lorri Glover (book manuscript)
  • “Early American Horror Stories: Politicians and Other Things that Went Bump in the Night” (article manuscript)
  • “The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic: A People’s History” (article manuscript)
  • Many Voices–One Story? The Intellectual Foundations of Public History (book manuscript)
  • The Devil to Pay: The Business of Death in the Early American Republic (book manuscript)
  • Into the Bone of Manhood: Essays on Early American Masculinity (book manuscript)

Graduate Advising

I work with History MA students interested in American history from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War era, especially the early American republic, Old South, issues of identity and commemoration, gender and masculinity, and death culture. I also work with Public History MA and PhD students working on public memory and commemoration, family and community history, and the history of public history. If you are interested in working with me as a doctoral or masters student, please contact me before applying to the program to talk about your plans. Otherwise, students must complete at least one course with me before I will agree to serve on a thesis or dissertation committee.

Current Advisees

  • Connor M. Clancy, “Dismantling the ‘Shrine of the South’: The Evolution of Confederate Memory and Commemoration in Lexington, Virginia” (History MA, anticipated 2021)
  • Alexander Goodrich, “When Voices Rise: Race, Memory, and Public History in Bermuda” (Public History PhD, anticipated 2021)
  • William Christopher Laws, “The Millennium of Their Glory: Constructing Public Memory through Civil War Monuments in North Carolina, 1868-1925” (Public History, PhD, anticipated 2021)
  • Kathryn Schinabeck, “Monuments and Memorials of the Loyalist Diaspora” (Public History PhD, anticipated 2021)
  • Sarah Matter Soleim, “Public History: The Birth of a Discipline” (Public History PhD, anticipated 2020)

Past Advisees

Office Hours

  • By appointment via email

Education

Ph.D. History University of Kentucky 1995

M.A. History Clemson University 1990

B.A. History Wake Forest University 1983

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