Amanda Goodheart Parks
Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)
Director of Education at New England Air Museum
Fields: Women and Gender, Nineteenth-Century U.S., Global & Environmental, Public History
Faculty: Joyce Berkman, Marla Miller, Barry Levy, and Manisha Sinha
Education: B.A.S.,American History and Secondary Education, Salve Regina University (2008); M.A., Public History, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010)
My introduction to public history came in the form of an undergraduate internship at Mystic Seaport. As a history and secondary education double major at Salve Regina University in historic Newport, RI, I was no stranger to museums and their potential to educate and inspire people of all ages. However, it wasn't until my summer by the sea in Mystic that I realized I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in public history as a means of blending my interests in education, history, and museums. I chose the UMass Public History Program for its reputation of combining theory and practice, as well as its picturesque location in the heart of the historic Pioneer Valley. Over the course of my career in public history I've had the privilege of working at Mystic Seaport, The Preservation Society of Newport County, Historic Deerfield, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Springfield Museums. I'm currently serving as the Director of Education at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT in addition to pursuing my Ph.D. at UMass.