Director, Public History
Phone: (615) 898-2423
Office Location and Mailing Address: KOM, Room 301E
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
FIELDS: Public History, Modern U.S. History, Environmental History
BIOGRAPHY: As one of the first generation of university-trained public historians, my career has bridged the worlds of practice and public history education. As a practitioner, I often examined the ways in which historical patterns, events, and people had shaped specific places and landscapes. Practice, in turn, sharped my research interests and teaching specialties in environmental history, cultural landscapes, local history, and the history of public history. Currently, I am researching the various strands of practice and professionalization that led to the emergence of public history as a field of study. Additionally, I am involving graduate students in an ongoing study of a local post-emancipation African American community.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
Conard, Rebecca. "All Men and Women are Created Equal": An Administrative History of Women's Rights National Historical Park. National Park Service: Northeast Region, 2011.
Conard, Rebecca. "The Changing Face of the Country: Environmental History and the Legacy of the Civil War at Stones River National Battlefield." George Wright Forum 28:2 (2011).
Guest Co-editor, "Public History as Reflective Practice." Theme issue of The Public Historian 28, no. 1 (Winter 2006).
Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, 2011 – 2012, 2007 – 2008
Appointee, Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board, 2008 – 2013
Past President, National Council on Public History
WORK IN PROGRESS:
"Professionalizing the Public History Impulse," a book-length manuscript.
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles.
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