- PhD, American Studies, Brown University, 2012
AM, Public Humanities, Brown University, 2008
MA, Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University, 2005
BA, History and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2002
M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is Director of AU's public history graduate program for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a cultural historian of the 19th and 20th century US. Her research interests include public history, museum studies, visual culture, digital humanities, media history, and critical theory. She is the author of History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s (2017, University of North Carolina Press), which 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. Rymsza-Pawlowska is also interested in the intersections between art and history, the history of display and representation, and consumer culture. Her work has been published in Washington History, 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.