Commentary on history, scholarship, leadership and the future of public history in America. Articles have appeared on CNN, TIME, Poynter, Inside Higher Ed, the Library of Congress blog, The White House blog, the National Council on Public History blog and the Oxford University Press blog.

This piece originally appeared on the National Council on Public History's History@Work. Read it here.

Readers of History@Work may recall that four years ago in this space a group of historians introduced the concepts of “History Communication” and “History Communicator...

December 6, 2018

This article originally appeared on TIME.com. Read it here.

From debates over Confederate monuments to battles over America’s leadership in the world, understanding today’s contemporary challenges requires historical knowledge and historical perspective. Yet a new repor...

June 29, 2018

This article originally appeared on the Society of American Archivists. Read the original here.

Public communication has perhaps never been more important for the archives profession as it is today. That’s why we wanted to talk with Jason Steinhauer, public historian, d...

June 22, 2018

This article originally appeared on the Society for Historians in the Federal Government. Read the original here.

Jason Steinhauer serves as the inaugural director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University. A noted public historian,...

February 19, 2018

This article originally appeared on the website of Bold TV. Read the original here.

Recently, the inimitable Carrie Sheffield asked me if I’d write a short op-ed for Black History Month. Specifically, she asked if I would identify a figure from the past that people may...

September 15, 2017

This article was originally published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute on September 15, 2017. Read it here.


My grandmother had an excellent memory. We would sit at her kitchen table in Montreal, in the home my mother grew up in, and she would describe her child...

August 24, 2017


This article originally appeared on Poynter.org on Aug. 24, 2017. Read it here.


This month's events in Charlottesville have shown how vital history is to our identity and how we make sense of our world. How do we understand such moments of violence, confrontation and...

July 2, 2017

The following originally appeared on CNN.com on July 2, 2017. Read it here.

Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history.

A brief recap...

June 22, 2017

The following is adapted from a series of lectures delivered in Lithuania in May 2017 at the invitation of the U.S. embassy in Vilnius. The lectures were delivered seven times at various institutions and universities, slightly modified each time to fit the audience. Th...

August 18, 2016

The following post appeared on Inside Higher Ed on August 18, 2016. Read the original here.

Within a span of 24 hours, four articles appeared in my Twitter feed that featured historians in major media outlets.

The New York Times ran a story about biographer David McCullo...

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As a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, historian Julia Young is currently researc...

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