History Department, Rutgers-Camden
429 Cooper St.
Camden, NJ 08102
Temple University, Ph.D., History, August 1997.
U.S. Culture and Material Culture, nineteenth and twentieth centuries
U.S. Social and Political History, 1820s-1880s
U.S. Popular Culture, twentieth century
World History (teaching and major themes)
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Liberal Arts, 1992.
Ball State University, Bachelor of Science, 1979. Majors: Journalism, Political Science.
Rutgers University-Camden, Professor of History (rank attained 2014) and Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (September 2010-present).
Villanova University, Associate Professor of History (August 2003-August 2010); Assistant Professor of History (August 1997-August 2003).
Lasalle University, Fall 1996, Adjunct Instructor, History of Philadelphia.
Temple University, September 1992-August 1996.
Instructor, Russell Conwell Center Summer Bridge Program, July-August 1996.
Graduate Dean’s Teaching Assistant, History Department, 1995-96.
Staff Consultant, College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Improvement Center,
Teaching Assistant, History Department / University Writing Center, 1994-95.
Senior Mentor (Graduate Assistant), University Writing Center, 1992-94.
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 1984-August 1992.
Assistant National Editor, January 1989-August 1992.
Chester County (Pa.) Neighbors Editor, September 1986-December 1988.
Gloucester County (N.J.) Assistant Neighbors Editor, January-August 1986.
Metro News Copy Editor, December 1984-December 1985.
Free-lance Contributor, Sunday Travel Section, 1988-91.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, June 1980-December 1984.
? Co-recipient of Pulitzer Prize for General Local Reporting (shared staff award), 1983, for coverage of flood in the city during March 1982.
Assistant Metropolitan Editor, 1983-84.
Assistant Metropolitan Editor/Neighbors, 1982-83.
State Legislative Reporter, 1982 session of Indiana General Assembly.
Politics/Special Projects Reporter, 1981-82.
Education Reporter, 1980-81.
Michigan City (Ind.) News-Dispatch, May 1979-June 1980, City Government / Politics Reporter.
? Sweepstakes award (top writing award in state) and first-place community service award, Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors, 1980.
? First-place award for investigative reporting, Inland Daily Press Association, 1980.
Awards for “Prison Town,” series of articles about social, environmental, and economic impacts of Indiana State Prison on Michigan City, Indiana.
Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations, New York: NYU Press, 2013.
Independence Hall in American Memory. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
? Co-Winner of Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award, 2004.
The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, vol. 2 (New York: Pearson Longman). Revisions co-author for chapters covering 1877-1929, 7th brief edition (2010). Contributor to 7th edition (2006); 6th brief edition (2007); 1st Vango concise edition (2008);
Articles and Chapters
“The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement.” The Public Historian (May 2013).
“Independence Hall.” In American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition. Ed. Mark Souther and Nicholas Bloom. Chicago: Center for American Place, 2012.
“Sault Ste. Marie as the Capital of the World? Stellanova Osborn and the Pursuit of the United Nations, 1945.” Michigan Historical Review (Spring 2009): 61-82.
“Invisible House, Invisible Slavery: Struggles of Public History at Independence National Historical Park.” In Culture and Belonging: Symbolic Landscapes and Contested Identities in Divided Societies, ed. Marc H. Ross. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
“The Lure of New England and the Search for the Capital of the World.” New England Quarterly (March 2006): 37-64.
“Race, Place, and the Pennsylvania Emancipation Exposition of 1913.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (July 2004): 257-78.
“Object Lessons: Material Culture on the World Wide Web.” OAH Magazine of History (Summer 2001): 85-87.
“Slavery, Nativism, and the Forgotten History of Independence Hall.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (Autumn 2000): 481-502. (PDF)
“In the Shadow of Independence Hall: Vernacular Activities and the Meanings of Historic Places,” The Public Historian (Spring 1999): 49-64.
? Winner of G. Wesley Johnson Prize, National Council on Public History, for outstanding article published in The Public Historian during 1999.
“The Difference This Day Makes” (African Americans in Philadelphia Commemorate the Thirteenth Amendment). Pennsylvania Heritage (Winter 1998): 4-11.
Editor-in-chief and co-organizer, with Howard Gillette and Randall Miller, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, project launched 2009 for digital information resource and future publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press. (Associated civic engagement and consulting listed with public history projects, below.)
Revisions Editor, Facts on File Encyclopedia of American History, vol. 9, 1946-68, 2nd edition. New York: Facts on File, 2009.
Guest Editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, October 2007 issue honoring 25th anniversary of Philadelphia: A 300-Year History, Russell F. Weigley, ed.
Editor and Interviewer, “Philadelphia: The History of a History” (roundtable interview). Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (October 2007): 377-94.
Editor, Pennsylvania History Studies Series, Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2005-08. Volumes edited: Women of Industry and Reform: Shaping the History of Pennsylvania, 1865-1940, by Marion Roydhouse (2006); Sports in Pennsylvania, by Karen Guenther (2007); Pivotal Pennsylvania: Presidential Politics from FDR to the Twenty-First Century, by G. Terry Madonna(2008).
Gail Lee Dubrow and Jennifer B. Goodman, eds., Restoring Women’s History through Historic Preservation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). Reviewed for Winterthur Portfolio 38:4 (Fall 2004): 263-66.
Paul A. Shackel, ed., Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape (Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida, 2001). Reviewed for the Journal of Social History (Spring 2004): 812-14.
Susan Crane, ed., Museums and Memory (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2000). Reviewed for The Public Historian (Fall 2002): 151-53.
Alessandra Lorini, Rituals of Race: Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999). Reviewed for The Public Historian (Summer 2000): 162-64.
Essays in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: Independence Hall; Independence National Park; National Freedom Day; Pennsylvania Emancipation Exposition (1913).
“In Search of the American Revolution.” Introduction for National Park Service Handbook of the American Revolution (National Park Service, 2008).
“A Bell With Many Meanings.” Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed essay, April 5, 2007.
Foreword, Honored Places: The National Park Service Teacher’s Guide to the American Revolution (National Park Service, 2007).
“The Search for the Capital of the World.” Research Reports from the Rockefeller Archive Center (Fall 2005), 1-3.
“Park Service’s Task: To Make History Accessible.” Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed essay, March 31, 2002.
“Constitution Center Site Bears Buried Links to the City’s Past.” Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed essay, June 26, 2000.
“Preservation and Conservation.” Annotated guide to World Wide Web sites, in History Highway 2000 (M.E. Sharpe, 2000).
“Independence Hall,” in Encyclopedia of American Studies (Grolier Publishing Co., 2001).
Grants and Awards
(In addition to awards listed with publications above)
William Penn Foundation grant for Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia technology development (principal investigator), 2012-14.
Mellon Regional Faculty Research Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum, 2008-09.
Research Grant, Rockefeller Archives Center, August 2004 (two weeks).
Research Grant, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Institute, June 2004 (two weeks).
Research Grant, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, May 2004 (one week).
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, April 2004 (four weeks).
Villanova University Summer Research Fellowships and Research Support Grants, 2003 and 1999.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2000.
Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning Mini-Grants:
– “Digital Philadelphia,” 2009, for developing web-enhanced, thematic instructional units and teaching methods using laptop computers for History of Philadelphia course.
– “Revitalizing the U.S. Survey Course: Investigative Approaches to Teaching and Learning,” 2001-02, for faculty visits to area archives and historic sites and development of “Investigating U.S. History” courses.
– “Using the World Wide Web to Transform History Students Into Historians,” 1998, for development of undergraduate material culture course centered on Web-based project about the Centennial Exhibition.
Dissertation Completion Grant, Temple University, 1996-97.
Scholar in Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Summer 1996.
Research Fellow, Henry F. DuPont Winterthur Museum, July 1995.
Certificate of Merit in Teaching, Temple University College of Arts and Sciences, 1994-95.
Kramer Award, Outstanding Student in American History, Temple University History Department, 1995.
Professional Development and Continuing Education Seminars (participant)
Rutgers-Camden Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow, Spring 2012.
NEH Summer Institute, “American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York,” Bard Graduate Center, New York, N.Y., July 2011. Digital Media Lab Training: Omeka, Zotero, Prezi.
NEH Summer Institute, “The Built Environment of the American Metropolis,” University of Illinois at Chicago, July 1999.
Teaching With Technology Workshop, American Studies Association, June 1998.
Newsroom Management Seminars, American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1988, and Knight-Ridder Institute of Training, 1984.
Historic Interpretation Training for Volunteers, National Park Service (Independence National Historic Park), 1987.
Graduate courses in English literature, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, 1982-83.
Public History Service and Consulting
The Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, project director for public discussion series; partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and numerous additional civic partners (associated with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia),2010-12.
National Park Service / Organization of American Historians – Member of site review team for Boston National Historical Park, June 20-23, 2011.
Public History Community Forum, co-organizer with Seth Bruggeman and Robert Kodosky, roundtable discussion forum for graduate students, professionals, and faculty in the Philadelphia region, April 29, 2011.
City of Philadelphia Department of Records and Azavea Inc., Augmented Reality Project, assistance with photograph selection and text creation for enhancement of phillyhistory.org (associated with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia), December 2010-February 2011.
City of Philadelphia Oversight Committee for the President’s House/Slavery Commemoration Project, October 2005-December 2010.
Philadelphia Ad Hoc Historians Group – Advocacy related to President’s House and associated sites in Independence National Historical Park, March 2002-December 2010.
Independence National Historical Park and Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – Coordinator for graduate student research on fugitive slave hearings and other judicial proceedings affecting African Americans, 1820s-1840s (Public History Practicum), Spring 2009.
Once Upon a Nation – “Speaking Out for Freedom” (Frederick Douglass in Independence Square), script for history story-telling project, performed beginning Summer 2007.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – Coordinator for graduate student research for restoration and interpretation of Catholic Chaplain’s Office (Public History Practicum), Spring 2007.
Valley Forge National Historical Park – Coordinator for graduate and undergraduate research for interpretation of monuments (Public History Practicum), Spring 2007.
National Park Service – External reviewer for Honored Places: The National Park Service Teacher’s Guide to the American Revolution, 2006.
Independence National Historical Park – External reviewer for President’s House Site Bulletin, 2005.
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia – Adviser for exhibit on Centennial Exhibition, August 2004.
Independence National Historical Park – External reviewer for Liberty Bell Center film, 2003.
Philadelphia Inquirer – Consulted on historical graphics about Liberty Bell Center, October 2003.
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia – Guest Curator, “The Living Landmark: Philadelphia’s Independence Hall,” June 21-December 29, 2003.
National Park Service / Organization of American Historians – Member of site review team for General Management Plan development process at Valley Forge National Historical Park, December 2002.
Independence National Historical Park – Participant in Interpretive Planning Workshop for Deshler-Morris House, September 26, 2002.
Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia – Core Exhibit Planning Team, May-August 2002.
Friends of Independence – Twilight tours volunteer, summer 2002.
Pennsylvania Humanities Council – Commonwealth Speaker, 2002-04.
Center for History Now, Haddonfield, N.J. – Interpretive Planning Consultant, Liberty Bell Center project, 1999-2000.
Atwater Kent Museum – Volunteer curatorial assistant, 1990-91.
Earthwatch – Archaeological project volunteer, Easter Island, September 1987.
Independence National Historical Park – Historic interpretation volunteer, 1986-87.
Teachers’ Workshops (Presentations and Planning)
Educators’ Workshops associated with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia project, planning committee and co-facilitator: “William Penn’s Vision for Philadelphia,” National Constitution Center, June 23, 2011; “Workshop of the World,” November 9, 2011.
“Historic Places as Touchstones of Memory,” presentation for “History’s Mysteries,” Valley Forge and Independence National Historical Park summer teachers’ workshop, July 13 and July 20, 2009.
“Artifacts, Political Culture, and the Centennial Celebration of 1876,” presentation for “Presidential Elections and American Culture,” Penn Legacy Institute graduate course for teachers, Millersville University and National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa., July 18, 2007.
“It’s Everyone’s Revolution: People and Places of Valley Forge,” Valley Forge National Historical Park (2007, planning group).
“The Revolution’s Hard Choices: Leadership, Liberty, and Loyalties during the Philadelphia Campaign,” Valley Forge National Historical Park (2006, planning group and faculty).
“The American Revolution: New Perspectives on an Enduring Legacy,” National Center for the American Revolution, New-York Historical Society, and National Park Service (2005, planning group and faculty).
“History Through Discovery,” Villanova University Summer Teachers Institute (2002, sole faculty member).
“Struggles for Freedom,” Independence Park Institute (2000 and 2001, planning group and faculty; curriculum director in 2001).
“History Through Discovery,” Independence Park Institute (1997, project director).
Conference Papers and Panels
“The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement,” Organization of American Historians / National Council on Public History, April 19, 2012.
“Creating the Capital of the World,” Cultural Studies Association, San Diego, Calif., March 30, 2012.
“Locating Greater Philadelphia in Time and Space: Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia Roundtable,” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Selinsgrove, Pa., October 16, 2010.
“American Historic Places, the United Nations, and the World in 1945-46,” National Council on Public History, Providence, R.I., April 4, 2009.
“Case Study Approaches to Public History Education,” case statement for working group, “Teaching in a Public History Program,” National Council on Public History, Providence, R.I., April 2, 2009.
“Imagining the City at the End of World War II: Intersections of Anti-Urbanism and Civic Boosterism at the United Nations,” Boston Seminar in Urban and Immigration History, Boston, Mass., November 20, 2008.
“Capitals of the World: The Booster Alternative to Urban Decline,” Urban History Association, Houston, Texas, November 7, 2008.
“Urban History, Public History,” panelist for roundtable discussion, Urban History Association, Houston, Texas, November 6, 2008.
“Changing Views of Space and Place: The Search for the Capital of the World,” Penn Humanities Forum, Philadelphia, October 7, 2008.
“Reinterpreting Our Heritage: The President’s House, Philadelphia,” Organization of American Historians, San Jose, Calif., April 2, 2005.
“Conflict or Convergence? Forging New Narratives of Freedom and Slavery,” George Wright Society, Philadelphia, Pa., March 18, 2005.
“Invisible House, Invisible Slavery: Struggles of Public History and the Memory of George Washington at Independence National Historical Park,” Contesting Culture Conference, Bryn Mawr College, February 26, 2005.
“The Lure of New England and the Search for the Capital of the World,” Global New England Conference, New England American Studies Association, Salem, Mass., April 17, 2004.
“The National Museum in Philadelphia: A View of the Nation in 1876,” Deerfield / Wellesley Symposium on American Culture, Deerfield, Mass., Nov. 1, 2002.
“Consensus Landscape: A Secure Home for Cold War America,” Middle-Atlantic American Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pa., March 23, 2002.
“Forgotten Fair: Race, Place, and Philadelphia’s Emancipation Proclamation Exhibition of 1913,” for “Crossroads: Intersections of Race, Place, Ethnicity and Life Histories” conference, Chesapeake American Studies Association, University of Maryland, College Park, March 9, 2002.
“Whose History Is It? Archives, Memory, and Culture,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., May 4, 2001.
“Object Lessons: Material Culture on the World Wide Web,” co-presenter with student Kathleen Cohrs, American Association for History and Computing, Philadelphia, Pa., April 24, 1999.
“The Centennial in Cyberspace,” co-presenter with students Nicholas Biello and John Keigher, Middle-Atlantic American Studies Association, Harrisburg, Pa., April 17, 1999.
“The Centennial Exhibition: Student-Based and Cyber-Spaced,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pa., March 19, 1999.
“Independence Hall: Memories Lost and Found,” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Philadelphia, Pa., November 8, 1997.
“Historic Preservation and Collective Memory: The Case of Independence Hall,” National Council on Public History, Albany, N.Y., May 3, 1997.
“We the People: Defining Citizenship in the Shadow of Independence Hall,” Organization of American Historians, San Francisco, Calif., April 17, 1997.
“The Limits of Collective Memory: Philadelphia’s Campaign to Host the United Nations,” History and Memory Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, April 12, 1996.
“Evidence and Argument in Survey Courses,” Organization of American Historians, Focus on Teaching Day, Chicago, Ill., March 30, 1996.
“Preservation and Politics: Nineteenth-Century Debates about Independence Hall,” Graduate Lectures, Presbyterian Historical Society/Temple University, November 16, 1995.
Conference Panel Chair / Commentator
Chair and Session Organizer, “Who Do We Think We Are? Philadelphia’s Civic Identity” and “Help Plan the Popular Culture Contents for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 4, 2011.
Chair and Session Organizer, “In Search of a Mid-Atlantic Culture,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 3, 2011.
Chair and Session Organizer, “Museums and Scholarship: Creating Collaborations for Cutting-Edge Content,” Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Baltimore, Md., Oct. 10, 2011.
Facilitator and Session Organizer, “Help Envision a Digital Encyclopedia for the Twenty-First Century,” THATCamp Philly, Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 23, 2011.
Chair and Session Organizer, “The Bicentennial Impact: Legacies of Commemoration,” American Association for State and Local History, Richmond, Va., Sept. 17, 2011.
Chair and Session Organizer, “Bicentennial Heritage: The History and Memory of 1976,” Joint Conference of Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, and Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Harrisburg, Pa., April 9, 2011.
Chair, “Preserving History in the New Nation,” Society of Early Americanists, Philadelphia, Pa., March 3, 2011.
Co-Facilitator, “Finding Common Ground between Interpreters and Historians” Working Group, National Council on Public History, Louisville, Ky., April 12, 2008.
Moderator, “100 Years of Political History in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial Commemoration, October 2, 2006.
Facilitator, “Reinterpreting Our Heritage” roundtable, Organization of American Historians, San Jose, Calif., April 2, 2005.
Facilitator, “Independence Hall and Cultural Identity,” International Workshop on UNESCO’s World Heritage Education Program, Philadelphia, January 28, 2005.
Co-Facilitator, “Research, Communications, and Marketing” Working Group, “Beyond the Liberty Bell: Charting Future Cultural Practice in the Greater Philadelphia Area,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities conference, Philadelphia, May 16, 2003.
Chair and Commentator, “War Memorials in the City: The Dynamics of Memory,” Urban History Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., September 28, 2002.
Chair and Commentator, “Reenactment as Social Memory,” National Council on Public History, Lowell, Mass., April 1999.
Chair and Commentator, “The Landscape of Urban Memory: Interpreting Ethnicity in Chicago,” National Council on Public History, Austin, Texas, April 1998.
Invited Lectures / Public Presentations
“Philadelphia in Time and Place: The Nineteenth Century,” Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides certification training series, March 26, 2012, and March 22, 2011.
“In Search of Philadelphia: Multiple Personalities of an American City,” Annual American Studies Lecture, Lasalle University, February 28, 2012.
Facilitator, “Philadelphia, the Place that Loves You Back,” Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, Independence Visitor Center, February 22, 2012.
“Building Lives in Camden: The Architecture and People of 427-29 Cooper Street,” Rutgers-Camden, November 10, 2011.
“Independence Hall in American Memory,” featured speaker for annual meeting of Friends of Independence, October 5, 2009.
Panelist, “Symposium of Past Athenaeum Literary Award Winners,” Athenaeum of Philadelphia, April 22, 2009.
“The Promise and Paradox of Liberty: Fugitive Slave Hearings at Independence Hall,” Independence National Historical Park training workshops for park rangers, March 12 and 14, 2008.
“The Stories We Cannot See,” Once Upon a Nation “Benstitute” Staff Training Seminar, Philadelphia, Pa., May 7, 2007.
“The Father of Our Controversy: The President’s House Site and Slavery in Philadelphia,” Villanova University Quarterly Club, February 28, 2006.
Panelist, “The National Park Service and Civic Reflection,” National Park Service Advisory Board Scholars Forum, Philadelphia, Pa., January 14, 2006.
“Independence Hall in History and Memory,” talk and tour for visiting teachers from Brown County, Indiana, June 14, 2005.
“Liberty Bell Images, Myths, and Realities,” Independence National Historical Park training workshops for park rangers, March 23 and 25, 2005.
“Fugitive Slave Hearings at Independence Hall,” Independence National Historical Park training workshops for park rangers, December 16 and 20, 2004.
Panelist, “Slavery, Precedents, and Presidents in the 1790s: A Public Gathering at Independence National Historical Park,” October 30, 2004.
“Independence Square, Public Space,” Society Hill Civic Association, September 22, 2004.
“Independence Hall: Where the City Meets the Nation,” Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, June 21, 2003.
“Why Should We Care: Making the American Revolution Relevant,” National Park Service American Revolution Roundtable, Philadelphia, Pa., March 11, 2003.
“Upstairs at Independence Hall,” Villanova University “Things” Symposium, January 30, 2003.
“The Liberty Bell: From Relic to Symbol” (Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Commonwealth Speakers Program): Springfield Township Seniors Organization, Oreland, Pa., May 6, 2003; Friends of Independence Lecture Series, Philadelphia, Pa., October 22, 2002; Lafayette-Redeemer Nursing Home, Northeast Philadelphia, July 31, 2002.
“Valley Forge Over Time: Symbolic Meanings and Commemorations,” Scholars Roundtable on Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Pa., October 17, 2002.
“Independence Hall and the Architecture of Memory,” University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies, October 8, 2002.
“Independence Hall,” National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., September 23, 2002.
“Independence Hall in American Memory,” Dare County Library at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., August 22, 2002.
“Independence Hall: A Multicultural History” (Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Commonwealth Speakers Program): Quadrangle Retirement Community, Haverford, Pa., June 29, 2002.
“Independence Hall: From Lafayette to the New Millennium” and “The Liberty Bell: From Relic to Symbol,” Alumni College, Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., June 7, 2002.
“The Making of Icons,” Heritage Investment Program workshop, “The President’s House: Strategies for Interpretation,” May 2002.
“1900: Becoming American (Or Not),” Upper Merion High School Social Studies Forum, April 2002.
“Covering the War: The Role of Mass Media at the Time of Olympia and Today,” Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, March 2002.
“The Contested Memory of the American Revolution,” Cliveden Institute on “Beyond the Uniforms: African-Americans, Women, Quakers and Loyalists in the American Revolution,” Philadelphia, Pa., March 2002.
“The Incredible Exploding Liberty Bell: Symbolism, Nationalism, and Why I Should Have Listened to Allen Davis in the First Place,” Lectures to Honor Retirement of Allen F. Davis, April 2000.
“The Architecture of Memory: A View From Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Birmingham Colloquia Series, Core Humanities Program, Villanova University, March 2000.
“The Centennial Exhibition: Celebrating Past, Present, and Future in 1876,” Friends of Independence Lunchtime Learning Series, March 2000.
“1900: What Should We Do About the Philippines?,” Upper Merion High School Social Studies Forum, March 2000.
“African American Views of Independence Hall,” Independence National Historical Park Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture Series, August 1998; Villanova University Africana Studies Series, October 1998.
“Historic Sites as Memory Sites,” Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Staff Seminar, August 1996.
“Cooperative and Collaborative Learning” (panel member), Temple University College of Arts and Sciences, Teaching Improvement Center brown-bag lunch series, October 26, 1995.
Editorial Boards and Manuscript Reviews
The Journal of American History, 2007-10.
The Public Historian, 2003-09.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 2005-09.
Manuscript reviews for: Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Massachusetts Press, NYU Press, Temple University Press, Bedford / St. Martin’s, McGraw-Hill, and CQ Press / Sage Publications.
Other Professional Service
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Chair for Mid-Atlantic proposals and Co-chair for Philadelphia proposals for 2011 annual meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 3-5, 2011.
National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region, Review Committee for research fellowship applications, 2011.
Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Program Review Panelist, 2011.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Review Panelist, summer teachers institute proposals, 2009.
Pennsylvania Historical Association, Council Member, 2002-05.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Scholar-in-Residence Grants Review Committee, 2005 and 2008.
National Council on Public History, Committee Co-Chair, History and National Parks Collaboration, 2002-03.
Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association, Executive Board Member, April 1999-2002.
University and Departmental Service
Co-Curator, “Visions of Camden,” Stedman Gallery, January-February 2013.
Appointments and Promotions Committee (alternate), Fall 2011; 2012-13.
New Media Committee, Fall 2011; co-chair 2012-13.
Civic Engagement Committee, appointed Fall 2011.
Education Initiative Committee, Spring 2011.
Urban Studies Steering Committee, appointed 2010.
History Department Search Committee, U.S. in the World, 2010-11.
Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, Mini-Grants Selection Committee, 1999-2010.
College of Arts and Sciences, Task Force on Physical Learning Environment, 2008.
Department of Humanities, Tenure Review Committee, 2006-07.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, NEH Summer Stipend Nominating Committee, 2005.
Department of Political Science, Internal Review Committee, 2005.
College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts Technology Committee, 2000-01.
College of Arts and Sciences, General Liberal Arts Committee, 1999-2001.
Internships Coordinator, 2001-10
U.S. History Committee, co-chair, 2001-10
Writing Workshop for Incoming Graduate Students, annually 2004-10
Chair, Search Committee for Latin American history position (suspended), 2008-09
Public History Jobs and Opportunities Survey, 2008-09
Public History @ Villanova Blog, established 2009: http://vuhistory.wordpress.com
Graduate Program Committee/Task Force, 1997-2008
Search Committees for U.S. history positions, 2003-04 and 2004-05
Graduate Forum Invited Speaker, 2009, 2006, 2002, and 1998
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2004-06
Faculty Evaluation Committee (teaching observation and peer review), 2004-07
Budget Committee, 2002-03
Speaker, Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony, 2002
Carroll and Procko Essay Prize Committees, 1999-2001
Graduate Newsletter Editor, 1998-99
World History Committee, 1997-2000
History Club Adviser, 1997-99
History Careers Program Organizer, 1997
Numerous articles, 1979-1990, including:
Social / Community Issues
“Shattered Dreams,” series of articles about local unemployment during economic recession, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, August 1982.
“Public Housing in Fort Wayne: Facing the Future,” series of articles,Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, July 1981.
“Prison Town,” series of articles about the social, economic, and environmental effects of Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Ind., Michigan City News Dispatch, January 1980.
U.S. History and Tourism
“The Three Towns the Bomb Built: Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Los Alamos, N.M.; Hanford, Wash.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9, 1990.
“In Carter’s Plain and Simple Plains” (Plains, Ga.), Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 1990.
“What’s Down the Pike” (fiftieth anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike), Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30, 1990.
“Home on the Range of the Mesozoic” (dinosaur discovery sites in Utah), Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 1990.
“Thriving with the Past” (historic sites in Boston), Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 1990.
“On the Route to Yesterday” (National Road), Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 1990.
“Exploring the Fringes of Pogo’s Fictional Home” (Okefenokee Swamp), Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 1990.
“Philadelphia? Call it Franklintown,” (Benjamin Franklin memorials in Philadelphia), Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 1990.
“It’s Heads and Tales in a Dark Basement of a Virginia Museum” (Natural Bridge Wax Museum factory tour), Philadelphia Inquirer, April 15, 1990.
“Countdown to Excitement” (space shuttle watching at Cape Canaveral), Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 1990.
“Pilgrims Bowled Over by the Tupperware Tour” (tour of Tupperware International Headquarters), Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 1990.
“In the Footsteps of Franklin,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 1990.
“Where Custer Stood” (Custer Battlefield National Monument), Philadelphia Inquirer, October 1, 1989.
“America’s Mountain” (Mount Rushmore) and “Good Reasons to see the Badlands,” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 3, 1989.
“Ancient History – in Ohio” (prehistoric Indian sites), Philadelphia Inquirer, July 23, 1989.
“Yellowstone’s Trial by Fire” and “This Geyser Lures the Faithful,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 25, 1989.
“Let History Live” (historic interpretation in Independence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks), Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 1989.
“On Washington’s Trail in New York,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 1989.
“Anniversary Parties to Brighten ’89” (centennials and other anniversary commemorations), Philadelphia Inquirer, January 22, 1989.
“On a Subterranean Stroll Through Carlsbad Cavern,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 18, 1988.
“Baltimore’s Historyplace,” (Baltimore historic sites), Philadelphia Inquirer, December 11, 1988.
“Grandeur by the Rio Grande,” (Big Bend National Park), Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 1988.
“It’s Nautical and Nice in Hampton Roads, Va.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 10, 1988.