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Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska Associate Professor History

PhD, American Studies, Brown University AM, Public Humanities, Brown University MA, Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University BA, History and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University

M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is Director of AU's Graduate Program in Public History. She is a cultural historian of the 19th and 20th century US. Her research interests include public history, museum studies, visual and material culture, media history, and critical theory. She is also active in DC's local history community. Rymsza-Pawlowska 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, and is currently working on a new project about time capsules in the U.S. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Public Historian, A.S.A.P/J, Washington History, Journal of Popular Film & Television, and Film & History. She 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.
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Fall 2020

  • HIST-099 Maintain Matriculation

  • HIST-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Introduction to Public History

  • HIST-744 The Historian's Craft

Spring 2021

  • HIST-099 Maintain Matriculation

  • HIST-730 Public History Practicum