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Dr. Troy Kickler


Troy Kickler is the Founding Director of the North Carolina History Project and Editor of

He holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation was “Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen’s Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee.” He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Barton College, and North Carolina State University.

Kickler is co-editor of an upcoming anthology project tentatively titled North Carolina Founders: A Reexamination. He is also currently editor of Nathaniel Macon: Selected Congressional Speeches and Correspondence.

Kickler’s recent publications include “Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the Ideological Battle for Education in Reconstruction Tennessee” (Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, New York University Press, 2012, James Marten, ed.) and “Why The Constitution is Essential” as part of State Policy Network’s We The People series.

He has been invited and has written various forwards and introductions to scholarly works. Such publications include Riot and Resistance in County Norfolk, 1646-1650: The Road to Rebellion in Seventeenth-Century Britain; The Impact of the English Colonization of Ireland in the Sixteenth Century: A “Very Troublesome People”; and the upcoming The Federalist Papers: A Reader’s Guide.

He has written articles and reviews for such publications as American Diplomacy, Chronicles, Constituting America, H-Civil War, Imaginative Conservative, Journal of Mississippi History, Tennessee Baptist History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Tenth Amendment Center, and The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians. He has also contributed to Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877; Encyclopedia of American Environmental History; and The Old West: Yesterday and Today. He has served as editorial assistant for the Journal of East Tennessee History and has a monthly column for Carolina Journal.

Kickler has presented at numerous academic conferences and venues including the American Political Science Association and the First Principles Program of Intercollegiate Studies Institute. In addition, he has presented dozens of lectures to civic groups across North Carolina exploring, respectively, the history of North Carolina and the United States and the North Carolina Constitution and United States Constitution.

His commentaries have appeared in major North Carolina newspaper outlets, and he has been interviewed for several North Carolina talk-radio stations and news programs. He also has blogged for History News Network.

Directing several educational programs, Kickler is co-creator of the popular Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop and e-newsletter American Founding Era News. He has also directed the John Locke Foundation’s State of Our Constitution symposia series, a program created to foster state constitutional literacy. He currently directs North Carolina History Project’s Living History Event series and NCHP’s Lecture Series.

He serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board of The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection, a collaborative project of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. He also serves on the College Level Advisory Board of Constituting America, an online essay series exploring the U.S. Constitution, The Federalist Papers, and the Founding Era.

Kickler is on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund.

Articles by Dr. Troy Kickler

(11.19.15) N.C. Has Long History as Battleground State
Long before its present designation as a “purple” state, North Carolina played a key role in resolving major American political contests.

(11.06.15) N.C. Has Long History as Battleground State
Long before its present designation as a “purple” state, North Carolina played a key role in resolving major American political contests.

(9.24.15) Ohio Transplant Tourgee Influenced Reconstruction-Era N.C.
Early civil-rights advocate Albion Tourgee was a successful judge, litigator, and fiction writer.

(9.17.15) Constitution Day Marks Good Time For Reflection
Key founders would have appreciated a day set aside to commemorate one of the nation's fundamental documents.

(7.23.15) Magna Carta’s Impact on American Founders
Though 800 years old, England’s “Great Charter” continues to exercise influence over our world today.

(6.25.15) Magna Carta Helped Make Us a Nation of Laws
Americans often express statements such as “The president is not above the law,” or “It doesn’t matter how much money one has, everyone is equal under the law.” These sentiments can be traced back to Magna Carta.

(6.19.15) Federalism Helps Protect Liberty
It's time for Americans to remember the underappreciated and misunderstood federal structure of the United States.

(5.26.15) Hard-Living Tar Heel Pioneers Banjo Music
Randolph County mill worker Charlie Poole became a national sensation during the 1920s.

(5.21.15) Hard-Living Tar Heel Charlie Poole A Pioneer of Banjo Music
A mill worker from Randolph County became a national sensation during the 1920s.

(3.26.15) N.C. Played Crucial Role At Civil War’s End
Some scholars contend that one-sixth of the Confederate dead hailed from the Old North State.

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