Graduate Advising

Upon entrance to the M.A. Program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor.  The faculty advisor’s role is to assist you in undertaking your graduate studies, including planning your coursework, deciding between the thesis and exam option, finding primary and secondary sources relevant to your research and/or exam fields, and developing a thesis proposal.  This person may or may not become your thesis or exam chair.  Eventually, you may choose another faculty member to supervise your thesis or exam.  However, the original faculty advisor should help to see you through at least your first year in the program.  During the first year especially, this is the person you should see about any questions regarding your course of study.  Please make an appointment to meet with your assigned faculty advisor upon entrance to the program—or upon your arrival on campus.  Then, at the beginning of the fall semester, send the advisor an email message, outlining your mutually agreed upon plan for maintaining regular contact.

For more general questions about the graduate program, including requirements and permits, you should contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Christine Haynes at

Graduate students specializing in Public History should also seek advice from the Director of Public History, Dr. Aaron Shapiro, regarding public history requirements, internships, and courses. Dr. Shapiro can be reached at 704‑687‑5128 or

If you feel you have a serious and justified grievance of any sort with a faculty member in the department, you should consult with the Chair of the History Department, Dr. Jürgen Buchenau, at

Faculty Advisors/Graduate Student Advisees - Fall 2015

Dr. Benny Andres

Dr. Jurgen Buchenau

  • Marissa Nichols
  • John Taylor
  • Joseph Willard

Dr. Christopher Cameron

  • Chandler Durham
  • Bethany Gregory
  • Byron Parker
  • Elena Smith

Dr. Karen Cox

Dr. Dan Dupre

  • Justin Maxfield
  • Joshua White

Dr. Erika Edwards

Dr. Karen Flint

  • Tenille Todd

Dr. David Goldfield

  • Joseph Hyman

Dr. Christine Haynes

  • Ross Smith

Dr. Cheryl Hicks

  • Catherine Halford
  • James Hardman
  • Kate Moore
  • Tina Wright

Dr. James Hogue

Louanne Hoverman

Dr. David Johnson

  • William Branch
  • Daniel Center
  • William Kunz

Dr. Jill Massino

Dr. Gregory Mixon

  • George Harmon
  • Sandy Hoagland
  • Michael Sullivan

Dr. Heather Perry

  • Valerie Freeman
  • Hallie Gillespie
  • David Hampton
  • Chris Kinley
  • Kyle McLain
  • Matt Needham

Dr. Amanda Pipkin

Dr. Ritika Prasad

Dr. Sonya Ramsey

  • Natalie Copeland
  • Jordan Kojima
  • Christina Thomas
  • Randi Howell

Dr. Steve Sabol

  • Larry Slawson

Dr. Aaron Shapiro

  • Brianna Dancy
  • Julie Hawks
  • Denise McLain
  • Allyson Miller
  • Casey Moore
  • Jocelyn Westpfahl

Dr. John Smail

Dr. John David Smith

  • Amber Moore Hedrick
  • Larry McIntyre
  • Kristina Wolfe

Dr. Peter Thorsheim

  • Tracy Beauregard

Dr. Mark Wilson

  • Mike Gregory
  • Lucas Ross
  • Sammi Jo Thompson