Troy Kickler has been Director of the North Carolina History Project since August 2005. 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 specialty areas are nineteenth-century U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction, African American, and religious history.
A recipient of numerous research awards and study grants, Kickler has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including formerly at the University of Tennessee and Central Carolina Community College and currently at North Carolina State University.
A recipient of an Earhart Foundation research grant, Kickler is currently co-editor of Nathaniel Macon: Collected Letters and Speeches. He is also writing Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen’s Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee, 1865-1869.
He has served as editorial assistant for the Journal of East Tennessee History and has written articles and reviews for such publications as American Diplomacy, Carolina Journal, Chronicles, H-Civil War, Journal of Mississippi History, Tennessee Baptist History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians. He has also contributed to the upcoming Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877; Encyclopedia of American Environmental History; and The Old West: Yesterday and Today.
Kickler previously was a high school social studies teacher and soccer coach and thinks that few things are more exciting than curling a direct kick around a wall of defenders and the outstretched hands of a diving goalie.