Who's Who at "Off the Wall"

John Matthew Barlow teaches at John Abbott College, and divides his time between Montreal and rural New England. From 1998-2006, he was a research consultant for a major research firm in Ottawa. His research examines notions of culture, history, memory, diaspora, and the urban landscape.  He is Book Reviews Editor of Current Intelligence Magazine and on the Board of the Griffintown Horse Palace Foundation.

Kevin M. Bartoy is a Cultural Resources Specialist with the Washington State Department of Transportation. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and graduate degrees in anthropology. He has worked in academia, private consulting, non-profit museums, and government agencies. He is an archaeologist committed to preservation, research, and education, who practices conservation archaeology to preserve sites for future generations.

Jeff Kunkle and Kelly Burg are the husband and wife team behind Vintage Roadside, a t-shirt company celebrating roadside culture and the unique history of bygone mom and pops of the 1930s - 1960s. In addition to researching the graphics and history of mid-century drive-ins, vintage skating rinks, tiki and cocktail lounges, bowling alleys, and roadside attractions, Jeff and Kelly write a preservation-themed road trip blog and work to document disappearing roadside architecture and signage. They also work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, preservation-focused non-profits, and existing mom and pop businesses to promote the importance of preserving recent past architecture and history.
Melissa Boyajian is an emerging artist working in photography, video and performance art residing in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2009 and her BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2003.  She has exhibited her work in MA, PA, MD, NM, NY, Washington, D.C., Tuscany, Italy, Helsinki, Finland and Yerevan, Armenia. She also works as a photography professor and a pastry chef.

Larry Cebula is an Associate Professor of Public History at Eastern Washington University and Assistant Digital Archivist at the Washington State Archives--neither of which necessarily endorse the views he expresses here.  He explores the intersections of public and digital history at his blog Northwest History, which won the 2008 Cliopatria Award for Best Individual History Blog. 
 Suzanne Fischer is a public historian of science, technology and medicine who lives in Detroit. She is the curator of technology at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. She blogs sporadically at Public Historian.
Anne Gehr has worked in computer science for twenty years, focusing on the implementation of major software systems in higher education. She's had enough of this nonsense and so begins a second academic foray as a student, shifting gears into graduate work in the Eastern Washington University Master's of History program.

Adina Langer  is a recent graduate of NYU's public history masters program, currently living in central Michigan and working remotely as a curator and memorial exhibition project manager for the National 9/11 Memorial Museum based in New York City. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century environmental history; sacred space, public space and private property; storytelling and oral history; memorials, museums and memory; digital humanities; and historical thinking issues in K-16 education. You can follow her on twitter @greenshade and view her personal blog at http://artiflection.blogspot.com/.

Vanessa Macias recently managed a neighborhood history project, "Las Villitas: Neighborhoods & Shared Memories," at the El Paso Museum of History. Vanessa holds an M.A. in History (American West) from The University of New Mexico and is close to completing her M.A. in Public History from New Mexico State University. This summer, she is teaching US History at El Paso Community College and writing an article exploring how public spaces in El Paso reflect the community’s history.

Allison Marsh is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina where she supervises the museum studies track of the Masters in Public History.  She leads graduate seminars in material culture and museum theory and teaches undergraduate surveys of modern U.S. history, public history, and the history of science and technology.  She is currently working on The Ultimate Vacation: A History of Factory Tours in America in both book and exhibit form.

Zachary McKiernan is a Ph.D. candidate of public history at the University of California Santa Barbara.  There, he surfs a lot, while focusing his other energies on public memorials, human rights, and memory in Chile.  He is currently conducting dissertation work in Santiago with the Metropolitan Region of ex Political Prisoners and its memorial initiative Estadio Nacional, Memoria Nacional.

 Margaret Middleton is the exhibit designer at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. A self-described museum-geek, she has a passion for designing and creating beautiful, functional spaces, unique props, and imaginative costumes. She lives in the San Franicsco Bay Area with her cat, Pixel.

Since working at a lighthouse/museum on the Jersey shore during college, Mary Rizzo has been a supporter and practitioner of public history. She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, focusing on issues of class identity in the postwar period. Currently, she’s the Associate Director of the New Jersey Council of the Humanities, a non profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has published on the history of Minneapolis food co-ops, a Baltimore street festival, hip hop fashion and heroin chic advertising.

Margo Shea received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work focuses on public history and cultural memory and pays close attention to the ways these play out within the context of urban space. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at UMass Amherst and is in the process of revising her dissertation on the practices and performances of memory in Derry, Northern Ireland over the course of twentieth century into a book. 

Will Walker is assistant professor of history at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta), a two-year master’s program in Cooperstown, NY that offers an M.A. in history museum studies.  He is working on a book about cultural exhibitions at the Smithsonian that explores the creative tension between universalism and particularism that existed at the institution in the decades following the Second World War.


Seth C. Bruggeman is an Assistant Professor of History and American studies at Temple University where he also directs the Center for Public History.  He received his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary.  His courses concern American cultural history, material culture, memory, and public history.  His book, Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument (University of Georgia Press, 2008), considers the history of commemoration in the United States by examining contests of memory and authenticity at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument.  He is working on an edited collection of essays, Birth and Commemoration in American Public Memory (forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press), and a study of public memory and living history in the early republic.  

Rebecca Conard is Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Middle Tennessee State University. Her current research projects include the Stones River Battlefield Historic Landscape Project, a collaborative endeavor that takes a cultural landscape approach to interpreting the post-1865 history of a Civil War battlefield—proving once again that it is impossible to live in the South for any length of time and not get sucked into Civil War history. As a past president of NCPH, she feels entitled to say “no” to more committee assignments and such, except when dear friends and colleagues dangle enticing offers before her.

Modupe Labode is an assistant professor of History and Museum Studies and public scholar of African American History and Museums at IUPUI.  Before coming to Indianapolis, she was the Chief Historian at the Colorado Historical Society from 2002-2007.  She also taught history at Iowa State University.


Peter Liebhold is the Chair of the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Throughout his professional life Peter has been involved with industrial history and the effort to preserve the working history of the nation. In 1981 he helped open the Baltimore Museum of Industry in a renovated cannery building on the city’s historic waterfront. At the Smithsonian since 1988 he has curated numerous exhibitions including: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964, Treasures of American History; America on the Move; Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820  - Present; Images of Steel, 1860 - 1994; and Who's In Charge: Workers and Managers in the United States. Projects in development include: a 14000 sq ft permanent exhibition American Enterprise; and a small case exhibition Sweet and Sour on the history of Chinese restaurants in the US. His areas of research and interest include the culture of work, methods and motivations of technological change, immigration/migration, and work imagery. He has published in Technology and Culture, Invention and Technology, and The Public Historian (where his article "Experiences from the Front Line" won the G. Wesley Johnson Prize). 

Steven Lubar, a professor in the departments of history and American civilization at Brown University, wears three hats: he runs the public humanities program, and is director of John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. He came to Brown after twenty years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where he was chair of the division of the history of technology, and where he worked on many exhibitions and collection projects, including “Engines of Change,” and “America on the Move,” and museum history projects that resulted in co-authoring Legacies: Collecting America’s History at the Smithsonian. At Brown, he’s expanded his interests to include community cultural development, public art and cultural heritage, and most recently, learning how to be director of an anthropology museum.

Chris Matthews is Executive Director, Center for Public Archaeology and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hofstra University. He is a specialist in American historical archaeology and cultural heritage studies. He is the author of An Archaeology of History and Tradition (2002) and The Archaeology of American Capitalism (2010) and coeditor of Ethnographic Archaeologies (2008).


Cathy Stanton is an anthropologist and public historian with an interest in memory, myth and ritual, tourism, and the uses of culture and history in redevelopment, among other things.  An adjunct faculty member in Tufts University's Anthropology Department and Union Institute & University's B.A. in Liberal Studies program, she currently chairs the National Council on Public History's Digital Media Group and has been an editor of the H-Public listserv since 2005.  In the occasional moment of spare time, she blogs about heritage and automobility.