Hogan is a historian widely honored for her documentary work on the civil rights movement, and is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke. Hogan has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in U.S. history from Duke and was a professor at Virginia State University, a historically black college, from 2003 to 2013. Hogan was co-director of the Institute for the Study of Race Relations at VSU for three years and led the Petersburg Civil Rights History community project for more than five years.