The Public Historian

As the definitive voice of the public history profession, The Public Historian offers the latest scholarship and applications from the field. From original research and case studies to broad substantive and theoretical issues, The Public Historian will keep you informed about the ever-expanding and increasingly international study and practice of public history.

  • Articles presenting original research, case studies, and substantive discussion of theoretical issues in the practice of public history.
  • Special features such as interviews with pioneering figures in the field and forums on Native American history, preservation technology, history and memory, and other current issues.
  • Reviews of critical publications, including monographs, government gray literature, cultural resource management reports, and corporate histories.
  • Special review sections focusing on exhibits and interpretive programs, historical films, videos, and other media productions.

“Intelligent and thoughtful coverage of a wide range of work done by
public historians in both the academy and in non-academic settings.”
–NCPH Member

Special virtual issue: Neon City: Power Lines and Plundered Lands

Freely accessible in April 2018, this issue is timed to provide attendees of the 2018 NCPH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas advance insights drawing upon topical essays and reviews from the journal’s digital backlist relating to the conference theme of “Power Lines.” Included is an original essay by NYU’s Andrew Needham, inspired by his multiple prize-winning 2014 book, Power Lines, on the making of the modern Southwest.

Special virtual issue: Monuments, Memory, Politics, and Our Publics

This special virtual issue features a dozen essays from the journal’s backlist that illustrate the evolving historiography on the issue of monuments, memory, history, and heritage and broaden the discussion beyond the focus of the Civil War, Redemption, and resistance to the expansion of civil rights during the 1960s and 1970s.  We thank our publisher, the University of California Press, for bringing this special issue to “print” so quickly and allowing free access through the end of November 2017.


The Public Historian also publishes occasional e-books in collaboration with [email protected]. The most recent is Preserving Places: Reflections on the National Historic Preservation Act at Fifty from The Public Historian (PDF), October 2016. Also available in EPUB format: preservingplaces.

The Public Historian is sponsored by the National Council on Public History and the University of California, Santa Barbara with the support of Rutgers University, Camden.  It is published by the University of California Press.  For an individual subscription, click here to join NCPH.  For an institutional subscription, click here.

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“THE best journal by far for public historians to explore their field and in which to publish their work.”
–NCPH Member

Reading TPH Online

The University of California Press offers access to The Public Historian at . There you can find both current and back issues of the journal, with easy navigation on a range of devices. NCPH members receive an account with UCPress for full access to the journal.


In collaboration with JSTOR, NCPH is pleased to offer our members a special, discounted fee for JPASS, a JSTOR access plan for individuals. Access includes a vast collection of archival journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences (including The Public Historian) and is continually expanding to include new journals.  More than 300 history journals are included. Coverage begins for each journal at the first volume and issue ever published, and extends up to a publication date usually set in the past three to five years.

“Strong articles, consistently.  Great sense of what is happening now in the field.”
–NCPH Member