Public History

Alabama Department of Archives and History painting

Guided by the belief that an understanding of the past enriches the lives of individuals and communities, public historians explore ways to make the past useful to the public. At Auburn, faculty in the public history program train students as historians and prepare them to practice in the public sphere. The program combines a rigorous academic curriculum in which students are trained in traditional historical skills of research, writing, analysis, critical thinking, and communication along with practical experience in public history settings working with diverse audiences.

The department’s faculty has supported the university’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, service, and outreach to the community by working with area and state institutions as well as regional and national organizations. Whether speaking at Civil War Roundtables, leading the Bartram Trail Conference, participating in Teaching American History Grant programs, presiding over the Alabama Historical Association, and organizing public history symposia and conferences, Auburn’s history department faculty are committed to serving the public through their scholarship, teaching, and outreach.

See more information on our Graduate Certificate in Public History.

See below for more information about faculty associated with Public History.

  • Elijah Gaddis

    Elijah Gaddis

    Assistant Professor
    Public history, Cultural history, Material culture, American studies, Southern studies

    320C Thach Hall
  • Cathleen M. Giustino

    Cathleen M. Giustino

    Mills Carter Professor of History
    Modern Germany, Eastern Europe, and 20th-century Europe
    (334) 844-6630
    333 Thach Hall
  • Keith S. Hebert

    Keith S. Hebert

    Assistant Professor and Public History Program Officer
    Museum studies, Historic preservation, Digital history, Oral history, Cultural resource management, Antebellum and Civil War Era South
    (334) 844-4358
    313 Thach Hall
  • Monique Laney

    Monique Laney

    Assistant Professor
    U.S. in a global context, immigration, Cold War, popular culture, Alabama, oral history, history & memory
    (334) 844-4347
    327 Thach Hall

Last Updated: February 08, 2018