Public History in Historical Perspective

The aim of this series is to explore, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the United States and across the globe have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends.  Books in the series will offer analyses of interest not only to academic historians but also to the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history and memory in public life.  

Manuscript Submissions

Please direct manuscript inquiries to the series editor or to:

Matt Becker, Executive Editor
University of Massachusetts Press
East Experiment Station
671 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01003

Series Editor

Marla R. Miller
Department of History
University of Massachusetts
609 Herter Hall
Amherst, MA  01003

Editorial Advisory Board

David W. Blight
Yale University

Seth Bruggeman
Temple University

Gail DuBrow 
University of Minnesota

Benjamin Filene
North Carolina Museum of History

David Glassberg 
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Katherine C. Grier 
University of Delaware

Edward T. Linenthal
Indiana University

Steven Lubar
Brown University

Tiya Miles
Harvard University

Max Page
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tom Scheinfeldt
University of Connecticut

Liz Sevcenko
​Humanities Action Lab at Rutgers University-Newark 

Mark Tebeau
Arizona State University

Patricia West
National Park Service

Titles (arranged by year of publication)

The Genealogical Sublime 2020
black and white photograph of a woman mid leap with arm outstretched Shaker Fever
America's Twentieth-Century Fascination with a Communitarian Sect
photograph from behind of three figures sitting on museum bench facing a grid of faces Museum Diplomacy
Transnational Public History and the U.S. Department of State
photo of antique colonial shoes Rescued from Oblivion
Historical Cultures in the Early United States
book title surrounding an early American painting depicting a ship at sea Collecting the Globe
The Salem East India Marine Society Museum
color photo of a historic ship with an American flag flying overhead Preserving Maritime America
A Cultural History of the Nation's Great Maritime Museums
historic black and white image of the Campbell House Museum Taking Possession
The Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House
Cross-Border Commemorations
Celebrating Swedish Settlement in America
Exhibiting Scotland
Objects, Identity, and the National Museum
Clio's Foot Soldiers
Twentieth-Century U.S. Social Movements and Collective Memory
The Stages of Memory
Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between
Remember Little Rock 2017
Bending the Future
Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States
"History Is Bunk"
Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village
The Spirit of 1976
Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration
Memories of Buenos Aires
Signs of State Terrorism in Argentina
From Storefront to Monument
Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement
Remembering the Revolution
Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War
A Living Exhibition
The Smithsonian and the Transformation of the Universal Museum
The Wages of History
Emotional Labor on Public History's Front Lines
[node-title] Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America 2013
Remembering the Forgotten War
The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War
Museums, Monuments, and National Parks
Toward a New Genealogy of Public History
Born in the U.S.A.
Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory
[node-title] Everybody's History
Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past
Out of the Attic
Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England