Northeastern’s public history graduates work in museums, archives, historical societies, documentary film production, and social activism. Students in this two-year concentration receive rigorous training in the theory and practice of history and the digital humanities through coursework, and apply this training through fieldwork in New England’s wealth of public history organizations.
Designed to accommodate a wide range of intellectual and professional interests, Northeastern’s public history concentration prides itself on:
Our broad and deep connections to practicing public historians
Our Boston location allows us to develop a rich set of educational and professional opportunities for students. We make good use of its hundreds of historic sites, museums, and landscapes, and ensure that students experience and eventually contribute to these venues. Director Ángel David Nieves and its faculty have several decades of leadership in the Boston and national public history communities, and leverage their extensive professional networks to place students in places where they will learn and thrive. Associate Director Kabria Baumgartner works with students on fieldwork placements in public history across Boston and the New England region.
Our dynamic faculty
Northeastern’s history faculty prioritizes accessibility, collaboration, and cutting-edge research. They have advised or worked on projects close to home, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, as well as further afield, in Russia, France, and Germany, and they regularly publish and comment in academic and popular settings.
Our commitment to socially engaged scholarship and practice
Students work closely with Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections to develop digital and physical exhibits and research projects. We also partner with local and national groups to explore controversial historical topics. Currently, our concentration is partnering with the National Park Service to update the history of African American and Indigenous participation in the American Revolution.
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