Public History Placements
Loyola University Chicago has been a pioneer and innovator in public history education, establishing one of the nation’s first graduate-level public history programs in 1980. Loyola’s Public History Program was a founding institutional member of the National Council on Public History and one of the first universities to offer a Ph.D. in public history.
For more than three decades, Loyola’s Public History Program has trained a significant number of students pursuing careers in museums, historical societies, government agencies, historic preservation, private consulting firms, and archives and records management. Students are broadly trained for employment in multiple areas of public history practice. Loyola’s pubic history curriculum is innovative for balancing theory and practice, teaching the best professional standards, and training students to apply historical skills through project-based learning. Public history is also a popular minor field among traditional M.A. and Ph.D. candidates at Loyola. The Program promotes an inclusive environment for the multiple audiences and venues of historical training.
Loyola’s Public History Program is deeply involved in the rich urban cultural community of Chicago. Students and faculty are engaged in numerous national and local organizations. Loyola graduates have gone on to careers in national institutions such as the National Archives and the National Park Service, state agencies such as State Offices of Historic Preservation and state Humanities Councils, and private organizations from history consulting companies to major corporations such as Motorola and Kraft Foods.
The variety of careers pursued by Loyola public historians is illustrated by select alumni:
Brian Coffey, M.A., Historian, Southeast Region, National Park Service.
Patrick J. Cunningham, M.A. Senior Director, Information Governance, Motorola Solutions.
Joseph DeRose, M.A., National Register Historian, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Katie Dishman, M.A., Archivist, National Archives and Records Center, Great Lakes Regional Archive.
Keith Gill, M.A., Director of Museum Operations, 1st Division Museum, Cuneo House Museum.
Elizabeth Loch, M.A., MLIS, Archival Specialist, Vivian G. Harsh Afro-American History and Literature Collection, Chicago Public Library.
Laura McDowell Hopper, M.A., Curator, Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University.
Laura Milsk Fowler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Southern Illinois University.
Jan Olive Nash, Ph.D., owner, Tallgrass Historians.
Kelley Szany, M.A., Director of Educational Outreach and Genocide Initiatives, Illinois Holocaust Museum.
PUBLIC HISTORY MASTERS PLACEMENTS
Librarian (Part-Time), DePaul University
Director of Internal Communications at TNTP, Brooklyn, New York
Manuscript Archivist at Emory University
Associate Historian, WWI Project, Missouri Historical Society
Manager, Library and Information Services at Driehaus Museum, Chicago IL
Principal at Fleming Museum Consulting, Chicago IL
Jerry L. Foust
Collection and Facilities Manager, Dumbarton House, Washington D.C., Metro Area
Kathryn M. Hofherr
Policy Development Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago
Museum Educator/Lead Interpreter, Primrose Farm, St. Charles, IL
Media Archivist & Video Specialist at Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, IL
History Fair Assistant at Chicago Metro History Education Center
Public Historian at Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Photo Archivist and Corporate Historian, Park Ridge, IL
Anne E. Cullen
Program Assistant for Exhibitions, Newberry Library
Research and Academic Programs Manager, Newberry Library
Exhibition Consultant, Rush University Medical Center
Public History Consultant, History Works, Inc.
Public History PhD Program, Middle Tennessee State University
Federico Padrones Salvador
History PhD Program, Florida International University
Curator, Winnetka Historical Society
Archival Specialist at the Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Museum Assistant, Wilmette Historical Museum
Archivist, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Joint US/Public History PhD Program, Loyola University Chicago
Pamela Kyle (Utsunomiya)
Archivist, Allied Vaughn
Collections Manager, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Associate Planner, Planning and Zoning Division, City of Aurora
Caitlin Adams Frey
Associate Historian, St. Louis Art Museum
Collections Assistant, Chicago Cultural Alliance
History PhD Program, Emory University
Laura McDowell Hopper
Curator, Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University
Jonathan W. Sebastian
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