Public History MA 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.
PUBLIC HISTORY MASTERS PLACEMENTS
Associate Archivist for Collection Management at the Jesuit Archives: Central United States, St. Louis, MO
Oral Historian and Exhibit Development, Missouri Historical Society, the Soldiers Memorial Museum, St. Louis, MO
Exhibitions and Collections Technician, First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL
Education and Programs Manager at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Green River, UT
Collections Assistant at the West Chicago City Museum in West Chicago, IL.
Tour Guide at the Michigan State Capitol, Lansing, MI
Project Archivist, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Romare Bearden Graduate Fellow at the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Librarian (Part-Time), DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Preparator of Collections, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Manager, Library and Information Services at Driehaus Museum, Chicago IL
Chmelik recently published Museum and Historic Site Management: A Case Study Approach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
Anne E. Cullen
Partnership Development Manager, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL
Research and Academic Programs Manager, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Manager of Programs and Interpretive Services, Primrose Farm, St. Charles, IL
Public History PhD Program, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Lead Interpreter at Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI
Federico Padrones Salvador
History PhD Program, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Highland Park Historical Society, IDN-Hoffman, Fort Sheridan
Coordinator of Grants and Research, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
Siera Heavner Erazo
Exhibition Developer, The Field Museum, Chicago IL
Archival Specialist, Chicago Public Library Harsh Research Collection, Chicago, IL
Curator, Winnetka Historical Society, Winnetka, IL
Program Administrator, Department of Records Management & Archives at the American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Assistant Archivist and Records Manager, Motorola Corporation, Schaumburg, IL
Metadata Specialist at HistoryIT, Chicago IL
Joint US/Public History PhD Program, Loyola University Chicago
Pamela (Kyle) Utsunomiya
Invoicing Specialist Marsh, USA and Public Historian Volunteer
Media Archivist & Video Specialist at Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, IL
Archivist, Allied Vaughn
Curator of Collections, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI
Collections Manager, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM
Associate Planner, Planning and Zoning Division, City of Aurora, IL
Caitlin Adams Frey
University Academic Programs Coordinator at the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Collections Assistant, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Chicago, IL
Director of Internal Communications at TNTP, Brooklyn, NY
History PhD Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Kathryn M. Hofherr
Policy Development Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Director of Collections Management, Pritzker Military Library, Chicago, IL
Laura McDowell Hopper
Curator, Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
History Fair Assistant, Chicago Metro History Education Center, Chicago, IL
Jonathan W. Sebastian
Site Manager, Fischer Farms Historic Site, Bensenville Park District, Illinois
UPDATES ON STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED BEFORE 2009
Principal at Fleming Museum Consulting, Chicago IL
Jennifer Witkov (2008)
Photo Archivist and Corporate Historian, Park Ridge, IL
Ryan Rutkowski (2007)
Supervisory Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD
Catherine Maybrey (2005)
Graduate Career Strategist, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Jerry L. Foust (2004)
Collection and Facilities Manager, Dumbarton House, Washington D.C.
Patrick Cunningham (2004)
Hewitt Associates, LLC, Lincolnshire, IL
Robert F. Doane (2003)
USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
Bethany Hirt (2002)
Curator of Collections, Geneva History Center, Geneva, IL
Susan Hanf (2002)
The Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Laura Carroll (2002)
Manuscript Archivist at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Kelley Szany (2002)
Director of Education, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL
Laura Carol (2002)
American Medical Association Archivist
Melanie Wood (O'Brien) (2002)
Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Coordinator, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
Christine Heidenrich (2001)
R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates, Inc.
Adrienne S. Danielle (Sage) (2001)
Assistant Registrar, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Haverhill, MA
David Cholewiak (2000)
Program Manager, Independent School of the Central States (ISCS), Chicago, IL
Frank J. Lipo III (2000)
Director, Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park, IL
Kent Haag (1999)
Chicago Area Programs Manager, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Chicago, IL
Amy H. Soprych (1999)
Historian, City of Aurora, Historic Preservation Division, Aurora, IL
Librarian, Kahuku Public and School Library, Kahuku, HI
Ned Howard (1998)
Resource Technology Specialist, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, OR
Ann Fuhrman (1998)
Coordinator, University Archives, The University Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Brian F. Coffey (1998)
Historian, 1924 Building, Historical Research and Building Inventory, Cultural Resource Stewardship Division, National Parks Service, Atlanta, GA
Janice Slupski (1998)
Park Historian, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Chesterton, IN
Henry G. Klinkhamer (1997)
Program Officer, AASLH, Nashville, TN
Catherine F. Nich (1997)
Assistant, Annual Gifts, Development Department, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Michelle D. Donahue (1997)
Educator/Archivist, Geneva Historical Center, Geneva, IL
Ariel Orlov (1997)
Senior Coordinator, Exhibits Department, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
Robert Tenuta (1997)
Reference Archivist, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Amy T. Peterson (1996)
William Lebed (1995)
Jeanie Child (1994)
Assistant Archivist, Room 1201, The Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, IL
Christine M. Basque (1994)
Executive Director/Site Director, Landmarks Incorporated, Omaha, NE
Cliff Long (1993)
Watermark Cruises, Annapolis Landing Marina Ste. 222, Annapolis, MD
Catherine Dishman (1993)
National Archives, Great Lakes Branch
Phillip J. Costello (1993)
Archivist, Room 1201, The Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, IL
Rebecca S. Johnson (Strand) (1992)
Daniel Barron (1992)
Researcher, Edwin Scholssberg Corporation, New York City, NY
Robert Girardi (1991)
Detective, Area 1 Violent Crimes, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL
Terry R. Kruger, S.J. (1990)
High School Teacher, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Joanne Grossman (1990)
Director of Archives and Art Program, Archives and Special Collections, Conference Center, MCP Hanhemann University, Philadelphia, PA
Michaela S. Fowler (1990)
Joseph R. DeRose (1989)
Historic Preservation Specialist, Survey and Registration Section, Division of Historic Preservation, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Alissa Berman (1989)
Archives Technician, Archives Division, Kraft Foods Inc., Morton Grove, IL
Barry Sturm (1988)
Program Officer, Section 8 Program, Cook County Housing Authority
Joel Mendes (1984)
Director of Education, Residential Sales Council, National Association of Retailers, Chicago, IL
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