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MemberAnne Mitchell Whisnant

Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a professional historian whose teaching, research, speaking, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. She is a public historian in private practice, working with her husband David Whisnant as co-principal of the public history consulting firm Primary Source History Services, based in Chapel Hill, NC.

MemberMarko Demantowsky

Marko Demantowsky holds the chair for Public History at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies at University of Vienna. Previously he was full professor for modern history and history education at at the School of Education FHNW (Departement Head for Social Sciences Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel. Prior to this, he was assistant professor for history education at the University of Bochum (2007-12) and interim professor at Jena University (07-08) and Siegen University (06/07). Research assistant at the universities of Leipzig, Dortmund, Münster 1998-2007. His main research interests focus on the digital transformation particularly in Public History, the (digital) cultural anthropology of public history, and the theory and history of historical education. He has created and developed and now co-manages some multilingual infrastructures in the field of digital history.

MemberLauren Curilla

…Lauren M. Churilla holds an M.A. in Public History: Archival, Museum, and Edition Studies and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Duquense University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (2010) and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in American Women’s History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Ms. Churilla studies under Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University….

Lauren M. Churilla practices public history at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as Curator/Director of the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery, a position she has held since 2010. She teaches several courses in Public History and has lectured within the College’s Department of History since 2013. Her research interests focus on American women’s history, the Progressive Era,  and gender and sexuality. Ms. Churilla’s publications focus on issues of social movements, women in politics, local history, and material culture. Her current research explores street harassment  and self defense in Progressive Era Pittsburgh.

MemberJohn Legg

…PhD, George Mason University (expected Spring 2025)

MA, Virginia Tech, 2020

Public History Cert., Virginia Tech, 2020

BA, History, Middle Georgia State University, 2017…

I am a Ph.D student at George Mason University. I study the spatial movement of Dakota communities after the U.S.-Dakota War, primarily the understudied story of Dakota mobility from Minnesota into Manitoba. I serve as affiliate editor for the National Council on Public History’s History@Work and on the editorial board for H-CivWar.

MemberStephen Gapps

  I have a long-standing interest in public history and the history of early colonial Sydney. My PhD thesis was a history of historical reenactments and public commemorations of the past. I taught Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked extensively as consultant historian.   In 2011 I won the NSW Premiers History Prize for Regional and Community history with my book Cabrogal to Fairfield – A history of a multicultural community.   Since then I have held a position as a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2014 I developed the exhibition War at Sea – The Navy in WWI and in 2015 curated the highly successful Black Armada – Australian support for Indonesian independence 1945-1949. In 2018 I am working on concept development of the new permanent displays at the museum that explore deep time and Australian maritime history.   In 2017 I was awarded the NSW State Library Merewether Fellowship. I have been working on a project on Australian resistance warfare for publication in May 2018 called The Sydney Wars – Conflict in the early colony 1788-1817.    

MemberChelsea Miller

…Association of American University Presses, National Council on Public History…
…I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Public History. My fields of study included museum studies, digital humanities, United States history, and global history. I completed my undergraduate study at Mount Holyoke College in 2013, with majors in history and environmental studies….

I currently work in the Acquisitions department at the State University of New York Press as an Editorial Assistant, where I work with authors and editors to publish scholarship in the fields of history, politics, religion, and more.I have experience in writing, editing, curatorial practice, teaching, web development, and event management. I am interested in the intellectual and physical spaces in which the past and present collide. In my personal work, I focus especially on writing history for digital and print media and examining the role of the activist-scholar through public history and public memory projects.

MemberNiġel Klemenčič-Puglisevich

Nigel is a passionate Maltese student living in what is now Canada and studying at Carleton University for his BA (Hons.) in History and Greek & Roman Studies with minors in Medieval & Early Modern Studies and Archaeology. He has years of experience working in museums and archives, as well as working on other projects related to heritage and research. His main research interests are medieval Maltese and wider Central Mediterranean archaeology, its methodology and presentation in public historical contexts, and the impact of European settling and colonialism on Malta. His other interests include decolonization, deorientalism, public history, public archaeology, and archival archaeology.

MemberCora Walby

I’m a part-time MA student in the History Department majoring in U.S. Cultural Studies and Public History, and plan to earn the Digital Humanities certificate with the goal of working in museums. I’m also a full-time staff member at MSU–administrative assistant in the College of Engineering’s IT department.