Creating the Field of History Communication


Just as the sciences have prepared a generation of scientists to be Science Communicators, so too is history preparing History Communicators to communicate new historical scholarship to non-experts in today's complex media environment.


In 2014, I put forth the idea of History Communicators and have since been working with various partners to create the field of History Communication.


In close collaboration with University of Massachusetts Amherst, Purdue University, the National History Center of the American Historical Association, representatives from the National Council on Public History and other scholars and practitioners, we have designed a certificate program in History Communication to be introduced at colleges and universities.


We are also working with various partners to develop new methods of communicating historical scholarship to the public, taking advantage of new media.


Learn more below about the History Communicators movement and get involved! Follow the hashtag #histcomm on Twitter or visit our website.

History Communicators
The Genesis

What is History Communicators and History Communication? Read about the genesis of the idea and how it's become a new discipline.



> History Communicators: What They Are and Why We Need Them

> Introducing History Communicators

> History Communicators is Launched!

History Communicators
The Vision

In August 2016, a group of scholars met in Washington, D.C. to design a History Communication certificate program. This built off the first-ever summit on History Communication hosted by UMass Amherst.


> Syllabus for "Introduction to History Communication" created

> History Communication curriculum announced

> History Communicators: The Next Step

History Communicators
Get Involved
History Communicators
What Others Are Saying

History Communicators is catching on. See what others are saying in and out of the profession.


> Teaching History Communication: Early Results
> The Way of Improvement Leads Home

> Common Sites


Join a Twitter chat, create a Storify and get involved in the movement.



> Improve our syllabus

> Follow the hashtag #histcomm

> Join our LinkedIn group


What issues and opportunities face History Communicators?  Historians, journalists, filmmakers and science communicators share their insights in ten-minute "lightning conversations." Filmed as part of a history communication event at UMass Amherst, March 2016.

 History on YouTube!

 Communicating history today includes bringing historical scholarship to YouTube in engaging & creative ways.

Watch below and click here for more.