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Public History Graduate Students

Current Public History Graduate Students

Alexander Bice


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: Migration history, Cold War, 19th Century American political history, Newspapers and material culture

Bio: Alex Bice attended Carleton College, where he graduated with a BA in History and received the Ellen Rogers Steif Memorial Award. During his senior year, he interned with the Student Community Outreach Program Experience (SCOPE) where he taught 8th graders the tools of historical writing and research while helping the students prepare a research project and presentation based on local community history. This experience inspired him to pursue historical study and the presentation of history to the public as his career path; he is very excited for all the opportunities that Northeastern and Boston have to offer.

Fieldwork: National Atomic Testing Museum, Student Community Outreach Program Experience.

Chuck Clough


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: Podcasts and Digital Humanities, History of the City of Boston as well as Boston and New England Music History

Bio: Chuck grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. A graduate of Northeastern University (BA History, '91), Chuck moved to New York in 1992 to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AOS, '94) for acting and was a member of the American Academy Company ('95). As a founder and producer at VagaBOND Theatre Company, Chuck acted in and produced several original off-off Broadway plays and later produced independent feature films. In 1994 he returned to his musical roots and co-founded acoustic rock trio Northern Point which released 3 albums: November (2005), Northern Point - Live at St. James Gate (2008) and After The Frost (2010). In 2010 Chuck returned to Boston and co-founded the band The Butler Frogs. Their first EP, Last Call For Opinions, will come out fall 2019. In 2016 he started Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation, a Boston based podcast where he talks with area musicians, artists and the like. ATB has published 140+ episodes and has been downloaded in all 50 states and in over 90 countries. He is starting another podcast this fall that focuses on Boston history called The Bostorian.


Jillian Decker


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: Museum Ethics, Art Restitution Litigation, Labor History, and World War II

Bio: Jillian graduated from Walsh University in 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Museum Studies with a minor in History. As part of the Walsh Honors Program, Jillian completed a two-year research thesis titled The Restitution of World War II-Era Looted Art: Case Studies in Transitional Justice which was awarded the Sloane Prize for Arts and Humanities Research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2018. While an Undergraduate student Jillian worked in Operations and Membership at the Massillon Museum, and in Visitor Services and Education at the McKinley Presidential Museum and the National First Ladies Historic Site. She was also the Student Researcher and Curator for the Labor Museum at Walsh University which focused on the history of the IBEW. Currently, she is a Research Assistant with the Women Writer's Project in Northeastern's Digital Scholarship Group.


Sebastien Hardinger


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: US Civil War, Digital History, Historic Preservation, Public Policy, the Ottoman Empire, 19th Century Europe, Military History.

Bio: Sebastien graduated from Georgetown University in 2015, with a dual BA in History and Government. After graduating he spent several years working as an analyst and later manager in consulting and market research, but decided to make a change to pursue his passion. He returned to school in 2019 to pursue an MA in Public History at Northeastern.


Mahala Nyberg


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Oral history, 20th century America, Environmental history, Museums and public outreach, Public policy, Digital Humanities.

Bio: Mahala Nyberg graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2018 with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Archaeological Studies and minors in Museum Studies and Anthropology. As part of the Presidential Scholars Program at SUNY Potsdam, Nyberg completed a two-year research endeavor conducting oral history interviews with a World War II veteran that culminated in a museum exhibit about his life and experiences at the Onondaga Historical Society. Her current research, as part of the Digital Humanities Certificate program at Northeastern University, analyzes conservation history in the Adirondack State Park and placing the experiences and voices of conservators on a digital map can illustrate how those individuals influenced that landscape. Upon graduation, Nyberg hopes to work at a museum or historical institution in management or public programming.

Fieldwork: Oneida County History Center, Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, Onondaga Historical Association, Paul Revere House, Northern Light Productions, Concord Museum

Anjelica Oswald


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: 19th and mid-20th-century British and American history, women in wartime

Bio: Anjelica Oswald graduated from Ohio University in 2015 as a Templeton Scholar with a BS in Journalism and minors in Spanish and political science. She interned for the Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles and later moved to New York City where she worked for Business Insider and INSIDER for three years as a video producer and pop culture reporter. She decided to change careers after a trip to Scotland made her realize her passion for historical research and is furthering her education by pursuing an MA in public history at Northeastern.


Hailey Philbin


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Post-World War II public memory; Political cartoon rhetoric

Fieldwork: National Archives; National Museum of American History

Carly Quinn


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Cold War, Intelligence and Espionage, Pop Culture and Film

Bio: Carly Quinn received her B.A. in History from Rollins College in 2017. She graduated magna cum laude with honors, and completed a thesis entitled, "Anxiety, Atomic Bombs, and Armageddon: How the Cold War Affected 1960s Film and Culture." Carly spent a year studying at Queen Mary University of London, and is pursuing a Digital Humanities certificate at Northeastern. She works at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and is currently writing her first novel.

Fieldwork: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, The Mark Twain House and Museum, Museum of Science, and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

Danielle Rose


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: African American history, Oral history and storytelling, Museums and community engagement

Bio: Danielle Rose previously attended the University of Florida, where she interned at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. She graduated in 2016 with a BA in history and minor in communication studies, and began working as a museum educator at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. She is interested in exploring how museums utilize technology and community engagement programs to provide more inclusive and accessible spaces.

Fieldwork: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Alicia Svenson


Cohort: 2019

Research Interest: Construction history, historic preservation, architectural history, archives.

Bio: Alicia is a graduate of Brown University and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-MIlwaukee. She has worked as a preservation specialist for architectural design and historic preservation consulting firms in New York and Boston, most recently with Building Conservation Associates, Inc. in Newton Centre, MA. Past projects include: exterior restoration work at Independence Hall Tower in Philadelphia, PA, and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, MA. She has also prepared historic structure reports for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH, and Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA.

Fieldwork: Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

Meg Szydlik


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Digital Humanities, Early American history, women's history

Bio: Meg Szydlik anticipates graduating with her MA in public history from Northeastern in 2020. She received her BA in history from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2017. She attended UNH's inaugural Public Humanities Summer Institute in 2019. Her experience in the public history field includes doing both research and public work for projects such as the Jane Addams Papers Project, the National Women's History Museum, and the Women Writers Project. She recently curated a digital exhibit on women in politics through the lens of public broadcasting for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a partnership between WGBH's Media Library Archives in Boston and the Library of Congress in DC. She will also receive a certificate in digital humanities from Northeastern, for which she is working on a digital archive that collects the responses of the disabled community to representations of disability on screen media.

Fieldwork: Women Writer's Project, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, Old North Church

Shannon Webber


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Digital Humanities and Storytelling; Modern American social and cultural history; History of North American Indigenous peoples

Fieldwork: Naval History and Heritage Command; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Grace Woodward


Cohort: 2018

Research Interest: Womxn's history; museums & public engagement; African-American history; environmental history; public memory & history as cultural production; 20th century political and social movements; transitional justice; global histories of colonialism

Bio: Grace Woodward attended Northeastern University, where she graduated with a BA in History and minors in Art History and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Continuing her education in Northeastern's PlusOne Program, Grace began pursuing her Master's in Public History in her senior year at Northeastern. After an internship with the Center of African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History & Culture solidified her interest in public history, Grace has continued to pursue public history. She is interested in the ways in which museums can evolve to better serve as accessible and engaging sites of memory and culture, positioned themselves as critical generators of contemporary thought.

Fieldwork: National Museum of African American History & Culture; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Jewish Heritage