About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The scope of topics and time periods presented in the Graduate is inherently broad, as it reflects the breadth of fields and sub-fields attracting graduate students to historical studies in colleges and universities around the world. Equally diverse in representation are the methods and approaches student authors use to interrogate the past and present. HGSA welcomes all graduate students to submit abstracts on any historical topic to our annual history conference for consideration of presentation and publication. For more information about submitting to our annual conference, visit our webpage at: http://history.ncsu.edu/graduate/graduate_student_conference.

Peer Review Process

The Graduate is a refereed scholarly journal. Contributing authors first present their articles as conference papers at NC State’s annual Graduate Student History Conference. Outstanding papers are nominated by panel commentators and subjected to scholarly peer-review. Reviewers judge nominated papers on the following criteria: contribution to historiography; strength and clarity of argument; original research; conformity with field methodology and research norms; clarity of presentation.

Publication Frequency

This journal publishes issues annually.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


HGSA would like to thank the History Department at North Carolina State University for all professional and financial support.

Journal History

NC State Graduate Journal of History began as the brainchild of the History Department and the History Graduate Student Association at North Carolina State University. The Graduate is an annual peer-reviewed, electronic publication refereed by the History Graduate Student Association.

The Journal’s first issue in 2013 features papers presented at the 9th Annual North Carolina State University History Graduate Student Conference, held in Riddick Hall on NC State’s main campus, February 23, 2013. Articles in the first issue were nominated by faculty commentators serving on student panels and reviewed by area specialists. The issue features a range of topics, including the Atlantic Slave Trade, German Colonialism, the Cold War, and Southern Environmental History.

While the journal currently features articles originally presented as papers given at the annual North Carolina State University Graduate Student Conference, it is the hope of the History Department and the History Graduate Student Association at NC State that this journal might evolve into a regularly produced, scholarly journal which solicits voluntary submissions by history graduate students around the world.