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Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska

Assistant Professor Department of History

Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is the Associate Director of AU's public history graduate program. She is a cultural historian of the 19th and 20th century U.S. Her research interests include public history, museum, studies, digital humanities, media history, and critical theory. Her current book project, History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s (forthcoming in Fall, 2017 from the Studies in U.S. Culture series at the University of North Carolina Press) traces the emergence of immersive engagement with the past in postwar American culture. The book foregrounds the affective qualities of historical knowledge-production: the impulse to understand the past on emotional rather than informational terms. She is also interested in how the digital is impacting the work of history--the way that digital archives, data visualization, and nonlinear narrative via hyperlinking and annotation (to name a few) have changed and continue to change both academic and popular historical knowledge production. Her work has been published in Journal of Popular Film & Television as well as Film & History. She has previously taught in the Department of American Studies at Brown University and the Graduate Program in Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois University. At AU, she teaches courses on 19th and 20th century U.S. history, public history, digital history, and historiography.


PhD, American Studies, Brown University, 2012; A.M., Public Humanities, Brown University, 2008 M.A., Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University, 2005 B.A., History and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2002

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  • Fall 2017

    • HIST-468 Topics in Public History: History of Museums in the U.S.
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