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Marla Miller
Director, Public History Program  
Professor, Department of History

Office: Herter 614
Telephone: (413) 545-6791
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Research Interests and Professional Activities: Though Professor Miller's primary research interest is U.S. women's work before industrialization, over the course of her career she has worked in museums, preservation agencies, and archives, and continues to consult with a wide variety of historical organizations. Her teaching interests extend to the Introduction to Public History, American Material Culture, Museum and Historic Site Interpretation, and courses on writing history beyond the academy, including History Communication and The Art and Craft of Biography. She also works closely with the M.S. in Design/Historic Preservation UMass offers, directed by Professor Max Page.

Miller is the author of The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution (UMass Press, 2006); ed., Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts (UMass Press, 2009); Betsy Ross and the Making of America (Holt, 2010), and Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation (UMass Press, 2016, with Max Page).  She was also on the team that produced the prizewinning study Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.

Professor Miller is active in the National Council on Public History, and is presently serving as the Vice-President/President-Elect of that organization. She also edits the prizewinning UMass Press series Public History in Historical Perspective.

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David Glassberg
Interim Co-Director, Public History Progam
Professor, Department of History

Office: Herter 608
Telephone: (413) 545-4252
Fax: (413) 545-6137
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Research Interests and Professional Activities: Professor Glassberg's research concerns the history of popular historical consciousness in America as represented in politics, culture, and the environment. Among his publications are American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century (1990), and Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life (2001). He is also interested in governmental history and the intersections between public history and climate change.

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Jon Olsen
Interim Co-Director, Public History Progam
Associate Professor, Department of History

Office: Herter 710 
Telephone: (413) 545-6767 
Fax: (413) 545-6137 
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Research Interests and Professional Activities: Public History and New Media/Digital History, as well as memory and historical consciousness in Modern Germany, especially the role of monuments, museums, and commemorations in East Germany. His first book titled Tailoring Truth: Politicizing the Past and Negotiating Memory in East Germany, 1945-1990. Before coming to UMass, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at George Mason University and worked at the Center for History and New Media as the editor of an e-learning Website commemorating the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe ( He offers graduate courses in Digital History and Comparative Memory, as well as German and European History.

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Sam Redman 
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Office: Herter 605

Research Interests and Professional Activities: Professor Redman's research interests center around culture, ideas, and heritage. His book manuscript is on the history of collecting, researching, and displaying human remains between the Civil War and World War II in the United States. Before starting graduate school his professional career included work several museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Colorado Historical Society in Denver. Following graduate school, he worked on several major oral history research projects at the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses in the field of modern U.S. history in addition to public history and oral history.  

He is the author of "Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide" published by the American Historical Association and
distributed by Oxford University Press.  His first book, Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums, was published by Harvard University Press in 2016.

Allied Faculty

Faculty across the UMass Campus and throughout the Five Colleges contribute to our Public History curriculum. Students regularly take courses with faculty in other departments, work with them on special projects, and read with them for exams. Some faculty whose interests are most closely related to our program's include:

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Julio Capo
Assistant Professor, Department of History and the Commonwealth Honors College

Office: Herter 606
Telephone: (413) 545-6773

Research Interests and Professional Activities: Professor Capó’s research and teaching interests include modern U.S. history and the world with an emphasis on the Caribbean and Latin America. His research and teaching address how gender and sexuality have historically intersected and coalesced with constructions of ethnicity, race, class, nation, age, and ability. Professor Capó’s first book, Welcome to Fairyland: Miami’s Queer Past from 1890 to 1940 (forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press), highlights how transnational forces such as (im)migration, trade, and tourism shaped Miami’s queer past. He is currently revising his dissertation, which won the Urban History Association’s Best Dissertation Prize in 2012, for publication. His work has appeared in Diplomatic History, Journal of Urban History, Journal of American Ethnic History, H-Net, and American Studies. He has forthcoming contributions in the Journal of American History and the Radical History Review.

Capó’s research also extends to his commitment to public history and civic engagement. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as a broadcast news writer and producer. He has written pieces for The Washington Post, Time, The Miami Herald, El Nuveo Día (Puerto Rico), and The Hampshire Gazette. He has also appeared as a commentator for BackStory with the American History Guys (Podcast) and the PBS/Miami Herald documentary The Day It Snowed in Miami. Capó also participated in a National Park Service initiative to promote and identify historic LGBTQ sites and contributed a piece on locating Miami’s queer past for its theme study.

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Ethan Carr
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Telephone: (413) 545-0153

Ethan Carr, Phd, FASLA, is a landscape historian and preservationist specializing in public landscapes, particularly municipal and national park planning and design. He has taught at the Harvard GSD, the University of Virginia, and at the University of Massachusetts, where he is a professor. He has written two award-winning books, Wilderness by Design (1998) and Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma (2007), and he is the volume editor of Volume 8 of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890 (2013). 

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Robert S. Cox
Head of Special Collections and University Archives W.E.B Du Bois Library

Telephone: (413) 545-6842

Rob Cox has an interest in the history of the early national period and 19th century America, with an emphasis on both religion and history of science. As Head of the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the Library, he teaches courses in archival management at both UMass and the Graduate School of Library Studies at Simmons College, and is glad to work with students on independent study or internship projects in history, varieties of digital history, or archival studies.  SCUA is interested in assisting local and regional historical societies in collections management and would be glad to involve students in its efforts.


Jennifer Fronc
Assistant Professor, Department of History


Jennifer Fronc specializes in early twentieth century U.S. history, with a focus on urban, social, and cultural history. Her book, New York Undercover: Private Surveillance in the Progressive Era, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009. In addition, Professor Fronc is currently collaborating with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a consultant on forthcoming exhibits and new tours, and is assisting in the education of the museum's costumed interpreters. She has also worked for Big Onion Walking Tours, the Digital Libraries Project at Columbia University, and the Museum of Sex. Professor Fronc is available to talk with students who are interested in the intersections of urban immigration and public history.

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Mark Hamin
Senior Lecturer of Regional Planning

Telephone: (413) 545-6608

Mark Hamin received his PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 (MA HSS 1993) as well as his BA in History and BA in Philosophy from Brown University in 1984. He is a Senior Lecturer of Regional Planning and Sustainable Community Development, Director of the Master of Regional Planning Program, Faculty Supervisor for the BDIC Program (STEAM and Sustainability Majors), Lead Coordinator for the Sustainability Curriculum Fellows Program, and Faculty Associate of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative in the School of Public Policy.

Courses that Dr. Hamin offers that might be of interest to students in the public history program include: REGIONPL 891: Advanced Planning Theory; REGIONPL 651: Planning History and Theory; SUSTCOMM/REGIONPL 574: City Planning; and REGIONPL 580: Sustainable Cities (seminar). Dr. Hamin has also taught LANDARCH/REGIONPL 635: Research Issues; REGIONPL 591A: Seminar on Economic Development Theory; and REGIONPL 692H: Technology and Urban (Re)Form.

Dr. Hamin's previous teaching experience includes: Temporary Assistant Professor in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, and Instructor in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hamin's special research interests are the history of civic planning, design, and development; the influence of life sciences on the formation of the planning field; urban infrastructural and environmental history; social/cultural perspectives on risk, security, and 'quality of life' in cities; long-term trends in technologically transformed metropolitan-regional food systems; sustainability in the STEAM disciplines; and mentoring in relation to pedagogy and professionalism.  

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Laura L. Lovett
Associate Professor, Department of History

Telephone: (413) 545-6778

Laura L. Lovett is an Associate Professor in the Department of History specializing in twentieth century U.S. Women's History and the History of Childhood and Youth.  Her research has explored the intersections of history and public policies concerning eugenics, child health, education, and housing. She has also involved in public history projects on local women's history from the past 50 years. Her most recent publication is When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made. Professor Lovett would be happy to talk with students interested in the intersections between 20th century U.S. public history and policy and to advise students wishing to complete a certificate track with an emphasis on public policy and/or 20th century U.S. History.

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Max Page
Professor of Architecture and History and Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives

Telephone: (413) 545-6952

Max Page is Professor of Architecture and History and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He received his education at Yale University (BA, magna cum laude in History, 1988) and from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1995).

He is the author and editor of the following books: The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism; The City’s End:  Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction (Yale University Press, 2008);  Building the Nation: Americans Write About Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, co-edited with Steven Conn); Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (Routledge, 2003, co-edited with Randall Mason); The Future of Higher Education (Routledge, 2011, with Dan Clawson); Reconsidering Jane Jacobs (Planners Press, 2011, co-edited with Tim Mennell); Campus Guide to the University of Massachusetts (Princeton Architecture Press, 2013, with Marla Miller; Memories of Buenos Aires: Signs of State Terrorism in Argentina (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013); Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation (UMass Press, 2016, with Marla Miller), and Why Preservation Matters (Yale University Press, 2016).  He is a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation and the Fulbright Commission, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

He is also an activist on behalf of public education, as a founder of PHENOM, the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, as a former president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, the faculty and librarian union at UMass Amherst), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the 110,000-member teachers union.

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Emily T. Hamilton
Assistant Professor, Department of History


Emily Hamilton specializes in the history of science, focusing on the 20th century United States. Her doctoral work, completed at the University of California at Berkeley and titled “The National Science Foundation and a Comparative Study of Precollege Mathematics and Science Education Reform in the United States, 1950-2000,” examines how the federal government has been historically involved in reforming K-12 mathematics curricula. This project has led to Hamilton’s active engagement with the local community of mathematics educators in utilizing historical understanding of past policies and practice to inform future reform efforts. In addition, Hamilton’s work incorporates oral history sources as a means of engaging with the community of scholars and activists that were central to the period she studies. Hamilton’s involvement with oral history began during her time in Berkeley, where she worked for five years with the Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library, conducting oral history interviews with prominent scientists and helping lead the Oral History Summer Institute. She intends to continue her work in oral history through her next anticipated projects which will explore the cultural history of the New Math and the ways in which educational programming brought mathematics instruction to television. Other projects include involvement with the local and campus community on issues of food science and policy. Hamilton is also currently undertaking the expansion of a public history of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics/Medicine) initiative here at the University of Massachusetts.

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Jim Wald
Associate Professor, Department of History, Hampshire College

Telephone: (413) 559-5592

Jim Wald is an associate professor of history at Hampshire College. Principal research and teaching interests include modern European cultural history, the history of the book, nationalism and fascism, historic preservation and material culture, German studies, and Jewish studies. He has led field courses in historic preservation and cultural heritage in Prague and Kraków under the auspices of Hampshire College and Rutgers University.

Active in the town of Amherst, Wald has served as Chair of the Amherst Historical Commission and Comprehensive Planning Committee; a member of the Amherst Select Board, and liaison to the Historical Commission, Design Review Board, and Public Arts Commission; trustee of Amherst Historical Society; Treasurer, Society for the History or Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Center for the Book.