Public History Education Philosophy and Practice

As an educator, I practice community-based public history. I emphasize the importance of research, planning, relationship building, and project development. I encourage students to be responsive to the immediate needs and interests of various communities, developing questions and interpretations with our partners.

To advance these goals, I actively engage a variety of Baltimore-area cultural institutions. I design courses that support their missions and programmatic goals and help them connect with new stakeholder groups. These courses allow students to engage in meaningful work on behalf of a variety of individuals and self-identified communities. My students and I have a long term working relationship with Baltimore Heritage, a preservation advocacy organization. We have designed content about Baltimore’s Historic West Side, Druid Hill Park, and the UMBC campus for the organization’s curatescape site, Explore Baltimore Heritage. In addition, we have collaborated with the Maryland State Archives to develop public facing content from the Legacy of Slavery collections. We have worked with the Maryland Zoo to develop content for both wayside signs and for Explore Baltimore Heritage. We have also collaborated with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Hampton National Historic Site, Fort McHenry, and the Neighborhood Design Center.

Sample Syllabi are available here:

Undergraduate Introduction to Public History

Graduate Introduction to Public History

Please Note:  If you have discovered this page as part of your effort to design new course syllabi, there are incredible resources available to help you develop more inclusive public history reading lists. Please take a look here, here, and here for starters.

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