Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Public History Placements

Loyola University Chicago has been a pioneer and innovator in public history education, establishing one of the nation’s first graduate-level public history programs in 1980. Loyola’s Public History Program was a founding institutional member of the National Council on Public History and one of the first universities to offer a PhD in public history.

For more than three decades, Loyola’s Public History Program has trained a significant number of students pursuing careers in museums, historical societies, government agencies, historic preservation, private consulting firms, and archives and records management. Students are broadly trained for employment in multiple areas of public history practice. Loyola’s pubic history curriculum is innovative for balancing theory and practice, teaching the best professional standards, and training students to apply historical skills through project-based learning. Public history is also a popular minor field among traditional MA and PhD candidates at Loyola. The Program promotes an inclusive environment for the multiple audiences and venues of historical training.

Loyola’s Public History Program is deeply involved in the rich urban cultural community of Chicago. Students and faculty are engaged in numerous national and local organizations. Loyola graduates have gone on to careers in national institutions such as the National Archives and the National Park Service, state agencies such as State Offices of Historic Preservation and state Humanities Councils, and private organizations from history consulting companies to major corporations such as Motorola and Kraft Foods.

The variety of careers pursued by Loyola public historians is illustrated by select alumni:

Brian Coffey, M.A., Historian, Southeast Region, National Park Service.

Patrick J. Cunningham, M.A. Senior Director, Information Governance, Motorola Solutions.

Joseph DeRose, M.A., National Register Historian, State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Katie Dishman, M.A., Archivist, National Archives and Records Center, Great Lakes Regional Archive.

Keith Gill, M.A., Director of Museum Operations, 1st Division Museum, Cuneo House Museum.

Elizabeth Loch, M.A., MLIS, Archival Specialist, Vivian G. Harsh Afro-American History and Literature Collection, Chicago Public Library.

Catherine Maybrey, Ph.D., Graduate Career Strategist, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University.

Laura McDowell Hopper, M.A., Curator, Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University.

Laura Milsk Fowler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Southern Illinois University.

Jan Olive Nash, Ph.D., owner, Tallgrass Historians.

Kelley Szany, M.A., Director of Education, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.




Courtney Baxter
Romare Bearden Graduate Fellow at the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Siobhan Heraty
Collections Assistant at the Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL

Cambray Sampson
Tour Guide at the Michigan State Capitol, Lansing, MI


Grace Lehner
Librarian (Part-Time), DePaul University

Patrick Turco
Preparator of Collections, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO


Samantha Chmelik
Manager, Library and Information Services at Driehaus Museum, Chicago IL

Has signed a contract with Rowman and Littlefield to write a work tentatively titled Museum and Historic Site Administration: A Case Study Approach which will include thirty fictional case studies to help museum professionals and students develop decision-making skills.

Anne E. Cullen
Program Assistant for Exhibitions, Newberry Library

Kristin Emery
Research and Academic Programs Manager, Newberry Library

Laura Johns
Exhibition Consultant, Rush University Medical Center
Public History Consultant, History Works, Inc.
Museum Educator/Lead Interpreter, Primrose Farm, St. Charles, IL

Rachel Lewis
Public History PhD Program, Middle Tennessee State University

Federico Padrones Salvador
History PhD Program, Florida International University


Konstandina Argyropoulos

Melissa D’Lando

Theresa Embrey

Siera Heavner
Curator, Winnetka Historical Society

William Holderfield

Indre Jurksaitis

Elizabeth Loch
Archival Specialist at the Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

Rachel Ramirez
Collections Assistant, DuSable Museum of African American History

Kelsey Walsh
Program Administrator, Department of Records Management & Archives at the American Medical Association


Andrew Altepeter
Assistant Archivist and Records Manager, Motorola Corporation

Catherine Crosse
Metadata Specialist at HistoryIT, Chicago IL

William Ippen
Joint US/Public History PhD Program, Loyola University Chicago

Pamela (Kyle) Utsunomiya
Invoicing Specialist Marsh, USA and Public Historian Volunteer

Melinda Leonard
Media Archivist & Video Specialist at Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, IL

Kristy Noga

Elyssa Northey
Archivist, Allied Vaughn
Curator of Collections, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Maria Reynolds
Public Historian at Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Elizabeth Quinn
Collections Manager, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Charles Wilkins
Associate Planner, Planning and Zoning Division, City of Aurora


Caitlin Adams Frey

Rochelle Caruthers
University Academic Programs Coordinator at the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Candice Jones
Collections Assistant, Chicago Cultural Alliance

Amber Kappel


Emma Bonanomi
Director of Internal Communications at TNTP, Brooklyn, New York

Ashley Eckhardt
History PhD Program, Emory University

Kathryn M. Hofherr
Policy Development Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago

Heather Kendall

Katie Latham

Laura Malmberg

Laura McDowell Hopper
Curator, Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University

Syeda Razeen

Rebecca Redinger
History Fair Assistant at Chicago Metro History Education Center

Jonathan W. Sebastian

Sarah Stephens


Bethany Fleming
Principal at Fleming Museum Consulting, Chicago IL

Jennifer Witkov (2008)
Photo Archivist and Corporate Historian, Park Ridge, IL

Catherine Maybrey (2005)
Graduate Career Strategist, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University

Jerry L. Foust (2004)

Collection and Facilities Manager, Dumbarton House, Washington D.C., Metro Area

Laura Carroll (2002)
Manuscript Archivist at Emory University

Kelley Szany (2002)
Director of Education, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

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