Graduate History Association (GHA)

The History Department at UNC Charlotte is home to an active Graduate History Association (GHA), which is open to any graduate student with an interest in history. Becoming a member of the Graduate History Association provides you with ample opportunities to get to know history faculty in a less formal setting, meet fellow graduate students, and advance your academic career.

The main project of the GHA is hosting the annual Graduate History Forum, which takes place each spring. The forum provides an opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to present original research in a professional academic setting, and it also features major talks by a visiting historian and a member of our faculty.

Our other events include an annual Welcome Picnic, tailgating at football games, outings in NoDa and other parts of Charlotte, graduate student workshops, and more!

General meetings are held throughout the year at which GHA activities, degree requirements, thesis preparation, Ph.D. programs, career opportunities, and other related subjects are discussed. For more information about becoming a member of the GHA, please send an email to and join our group on OrgSync

For the most up-to-date information on the GHA and our events, be sure to follow us on social media! If you have any questions feel free to email the GHA at or message us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  


Instagram: @unccgha

Twitter: @unccgha


2020-21 GHA Officers

President: Alexis Lott

Vice President: Bailey Hardin

Treasurer: Craig Fischer

Senator: Alea Chambers

Outreach Coordinator: Macree Penny

Secretary: Kaila Dollard


2021 Graduate History Forum Information: 

The 2021 Graduate History Forum, "Challenging Norms and Changing Dynamics," will be held *VIRTUALLY* on the weekend of March 19-20, 2021. On Friday 3/19, keynote speaker Dr. David Blight (Yale University) will present, along with the first round of student presentations. On Saturday, student presentations will continue and our second keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Cameron (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) will present. Keep an eye out for more announcements regarding the forum!