Troy Kickler is 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.

Kickler is currently 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 contributed to the anthology Children and Youth during the Civil War Era (New York University Press, January 2012; James Marten, ed.).

He has presented numerous papers at various conferences and forums, including the American Political Science Association and the Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture.

In addition to contributing to, 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,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 Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877; Encyclopedia of American Environmental History; and The Old West: Yesterday and Today.

Kickler also teaches at North Carolina State University.