Public History Faculty

Daniel Kerr Associate Professor CAS - History

Dan Kerr, the director of American University's public history program, specializes in the fields of community history, oral history, and public history. The projects he has initiated, including the C

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Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska Assistant Professor CAS - History

Malgorzata 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 U.S. Her research interests i

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Affiliate Faculty

Kathleen Franz Historian CAS - History

Prof. Franz holds degrees in museum studies and American Civilization from Brown University. She specializes in 20th Century US cultural history with a focus on popular culture and the history of tech

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Pamela Henson Public Historian in Residence CAS - History

Dr. Henson is director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. She researches and writes on the history of the Smithsonian and conducts the oral history project

Susan McElrath University Archivist University Library

Susan McElrath has served as University Archivist at American University since August 2004 where she is the manager of the University Archives and Special Collections departments. Her responsibilities

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Trevor Owens Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Trevor Owens works on digital strategy for cultural heritage organizations. He is currently the Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. Previously, he lead a 30 million dollar i