Prof. Franz’s current areas of interest span popular culture, visual culture and public history. Along with an anthology on American popular culture, she is also working on an article about the work of artist David Macaulay and the importance of drawing as a form of visual communication for historians of technology. In addition, she is dedicating time to researching and discussing the role of public historians within the academy and as part of current discussions about the critical place of the humanities in public life. In the past two years she has served on a joint task force created by the OAH, AHA, and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) for evaluating the work of public historians within the promotion and tenure process. She also serves as the AU representative to Imagining America and is the NCPH delegate to the American Council on Learned Societies, all of which give her a chance to engage in national conversations about connecting humanities scholarship to a wider, public audience.