David Cline

Virginia Tech
203 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(tel) 540-231-5547
(fax) 540-231-5761

David Cline is an historian specializing in 20th century U.S. social movements, oral history, and public history. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Public History. He teaches courses in Public History, Oral History, Historical Research Methods, Museums and Historic Sites, and the Civil Rights Movement. He was formerly the Associate and Acting Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a BA in African Studies from Macalester College, an M.A. in U.S. History with a certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UNC Chapel Hill. His public history projects have included serving as lead interviewer for the Civil Rights History Project of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2013, work on a National Public Radio documentary on the Korean War in 2002-2003 and a 2005 project to document the Cherokee Trail of Tears. David is the author of Creating Choice: A Community Responds to the Need for Abortion and Birth Control, 1961-1973 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and was a recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award for Work on Reproductive Health in 2006. He was also the recipient of the National Council on Public History’s New Professional Award in 2004. He is currently working on a book of oral histories exploring African American participation in the Korean War and its relationship to the Civil Rights Movement.