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David Glassberg



Office: Herter 608
Telephone: (413) 545-4252
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1982).
Fields of interest: Modern U.S., Public history, Environmental history.

Recent Courses Offered:

American Environmental History

American Cultural History

Landscape and Memory

Conservation of Nature and Culture

Museum and Historic Site Interpretation

Public History

Research Interests and Professional Activities

A native of Philadelphia, David Glassberg holds a BA from the University of Chicago (1976) and

PhD from The Johns Hopkins University (1982). His research examines the history of popular

historical and environmental consciousness in America as represented in politics, culture, and

the landscape. Among his publications are American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of

Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century (1990), Sense of History: The Place of the Past in

American Life (2001), and “Place Memory, and Climate Change” (The Public Historian, August

2014). He is an Affiliated Investigator with the Northeast Climate Science Center, and has

collaborated with a number of museums and national parks, including the W.E.B. Du Bois

National Historical Site, Statue of Liberty National Monument, Minnesota Historical Society,

Boston Children’s Museum, Pinelands (N.J.) National Reserve, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller

National Historical Park, Springfield Armory National Historical Site, and Cape Cod National