Together with the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tamara Gaskell to the position of Public Historian in Residence at MARCH and co-editor of The Public Historian, the flagship journal in the field of public history published by the University of California Press. She will begin the position on September 1, 2015.
Tammy Gaskell is currently historian and director of publications and scholarly programs at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. During her nearly thirteen years at HSP, she has been the editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, the society’s scholarly journal, and Pennsylvania Legacies, its magazine for educators and history enthusiasts. While at HSP, Tammy has overseen the transition of the society’s publications to the digital era and also began HSP’s interpretive digital history program, overseeing such projects as “Preserving American Freedom,” which tells the complex story of American freedom through fifty key documents in HSP’s collections; an ongoing project on the Underground Railroad based upon the records of William Still; and “Politics in Graphic Detail,” which will launch this fall and make more than one hundred political cartoons not only available, but intellectually accessible, online. Tammy is the founder and moderator of the Pennsylvania history listserv H-Pennsylvania, and a long-time council member of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. Prior to joining HSP, she was assistant editor of the documentary edition of the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a reference librarian, and the community relations coordinator for the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis.
Tammy has a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brandeis University and earned her B.A. in history, summa cum laude, at Amherst College. To all aspects of her work, she has brought scholarly expertise, a commitment to excellence, and a genuine concern for making history accessible to the widest possible audience. In her new position, she will be working closely with the journal and the NCPH’s Public History Commons to make full use of the possibilities afforded by digital platforms and ensure that the journal represents the work and meets the needs of the diversity of public history practitioners.
This position continues Rutgers-Camden’s role as a supporting institution for The Public Historian. Published by the University of California Santa Barbara and the National Council on Public History, which is headquartered at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), the journal is led by an editor and managing editor based at UCSB and has international consulting editors at the University of Amsterdam.
The National Council on Public History is a nonprofit membership association that inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of practitioners in putting history to work in the world . NCPH builds community among historians, expand s professional skills and tools, foster s critical reflection on historical practice, and publicly advocates for history and historians. Members of the organization include historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, professors & students, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film & media producers, historical interpreters, policy advisers, and many others. Members confer at the annual meeting each spring and share their expertise in a scholarly journal (The Public Historian) in a quarterly newsletter, and in multiple online formats , such as the NCPH blog, History@Work . Learn more at http://www.ncph.org