Public History Graduate Program

The Public History graduate program is most identifiable as the presentation of history and culture outside of the traditional classroom setting. These pursuits include, but are by no means limited to, museums, historic preservation, historic site management, archival management, cultural resource management and policy applications.

Working from this tradition, the public history program, established in 1980, stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the field. It does so in the hope of preparing professionals to engage the widest public audience in the continually emerging questions of history and culture.

The public history graduate program seeks to train socially responsible professionals who can facilitate historical awareness in diverse venues on the local and regional level. With the aim of making history a useful educational and planning tool in communities, this program employs a unique and rich blend of resources and methodologies and emphasizes public history practice in ecological terms through the examination of regional environments, places and economic systems.


Benac, David. Public and Environmental History, Historic Preservation

Contributing faculty

Borish, Linda J. American Studies; Women, Sport and Health History; Rural History; Material Culture

Brandão, José António. American Indian; Canada; Comparative Colonial; Ethnohistory

Carlson, Sharon. Director, Archives and Regional History Collections; Archival Administration; Women and Organizations; 19th-century U.S.

Coryell, Janet. 19th-century U.S.; Documentary Editing

Kachun, Mitch. African American History; memory and commemoration


Contact: Dr. James Palmitessa, Director of Graduate Studies