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Public History Student Scholarship

The students and alumni of UMass Amherst Public History are constantly writing and publishing on up-to-date topics in a variety of different formats. Below are links to selected articles, with more to be added as their exciting work continues!

Public History students are also regular contributors to the UMass History Department Blog, past@present. Check it out!

Alumni, Richard Anderson published an article titled, "Taking Labor History Public: An Overview of the Field" in a special issue of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (Mar 2020). 

Alumni Shakti Castro wrote about her work in harm prevention for NCPH and redefining the field of public history 
What We Mean when We Say "The Field"

Alumni Rebekkah Rubin is an accomplished freelance writer. Check out her website at and some of her work
The Woman Who Tried to Take Down Darwin - for Smithsonian Magazine
The Ugly History of American Immigration - for The Week
Confederate Statues are History - So is Taking Them Down - for Electric Literature
Memorializing Tamir Rice with Pokemon Go - for Belt Magazine

Alumni Amy Halliday, Chelsea Miller, and Julie Peterson wrote about women's prisons for the jounral Museums & Social Issues during their partnership with the Humanities Action Lab. In their time at UMass, they researched woman's prisons to help create the traveling HAL exhibiit State of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories
"What are Women's Prisons for?"

Alumni Margo Shea is a professor at Salem State University and keeps a website at that records all kind of public history thoughts and initatives, including an article about public historians as "nice"
Public Historians are Something More than Nice