A sixteen-member Board of Directors, elected by the membership, governs the NCPH with the active assistance of numerous committees which address administrative or policy issues, investigate and advise the organization on recent developments in the field, and support initiatives that enhance the practice of public history. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for service on the NCPH board, please fill out the form available here.


President: Marla Miller, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Vice President: Gregory SmoakAmerican West Center, University of Utah
Immediate Past President: Alexandra Lord, National Museum of American History
Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon Leon, Michigan State University

Appointed Directors
Executive Director: Stephanie Rowe, National Council on Public History
Editor, The Public Historian: James F. Brooks, University of California, Santa Barbara
Co-Editor, The Public Historian/NCPH Digital Media Editor: Nicole Belolan, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University-Camden

Elected Directors
Catherine Gudis, University of California, Riverside
Na Li, Zhejiang University, China
Joan Zenzen, Independent Historian
Kristen Baldwin Deathridge, Appalachian State University
Krista McCracken, Algoma University
Kimberly Springle, Sumner School Museum and Archives
Modupe Labode, National Museum of American History
Nicole Moore, National Center for Civil and Human Rights & Independent Consultant
Caridad de la Vega, National Park Service, National Historic Landmarks Program

More information about our current board members is listed here. You can contact the board at [email protected].  (Past officers and past members of the board are listed here).


Descriptions of the boards and committees appear below, and additional information can be found in the NCPH Bylaws (above).  Committee and committee chair appointments are made each year following the annual meeting. The Vice President makes the appointments with input from NCPH staff and committee chairs. Committee members serve for 2 year terms (with exception of the Nominating Committee and the various award committees, which serve 3 year terms) and committee chairs serve for renewable 1 year terms.

If you are interested in serving on an NCPH committee, please review the Committee Member Expectations, and then let us know by emailing [email protected] with a little information about yourself, and which committee(s) you are interested in serving on. Most committees have a vacancy or two; though we often have more volunteers than we can take.  We also encourage you to contact committee members with your ideas!


Board of Directors

Manages the business, property, and affairs of NCPH. The board defines and advances the NCPH mission, protects its financial and human assets, ensures adequate resources to carry out the mission, supervises and supports the executive director, and promotes the interests, programs, and reputation of NCPH. The Board of Directors includes the president, vice president, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, and nine other elected members, with the executive director and the editor of The Public Historian serving as ex officio, non-voting members. The board meets during the NCPH Annual Meeting each spring and again in the fall.

Executive Committee

Has the authority and responsibility to conduct the affairs of NCPH on behalf of the Board of Directors, including taking action on advocacy issues, between board meetings. The committee sets the terms of employment for the executive director and reviews the executive office’s financial and other records.

  • Marla Miller (2018-2020), University of Massachusetts Amherst and NCPH President
  • Gregory Smoak (2018-2020), American West Center, University of Utah and NCPH Vice President
  • Alexandra Lord (2018-2020), National Museum of American History and NCPH Past President
  • Sharon Leon (2018-2021), Michigan State University and NCPH Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joan Zenzen (2019-2020), Independent Historian and NCPH Member at Large
  • Stephanie Rowe (2015-Present; ex officio), NCPH Executive Director

Editorial Board of The Public Historian

Provides advice and contacts to the editors and editorial staff; recommends authors, reviewers, article topics, special issue themes, and general direction and policy for the journal; and reviews manuscripts.  The Editorial Board meets in-person twice each year.

  • Robert Weyeneth (2018-2021, Chair), University of South Carolina
  • Andrew Masich (2015-2020), Senator John Heinz History Center
  • Jeremy Moss (2016-2021), Pecos National Historical Park
  • Morgen Young (2016-2021), Historical Research Associates, Inc.
  • Kevin P. Murphy (2017-2019), University of Minnesota
  • Estee Rivera Murdock (2017-2019), Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • Katherine Scott (2017-2019), US Senate Historical Office
  • Rebecca Bush (2018-2020), The Columbus Museum
  • Patrick Grossi (2018-2020), Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
  • Lynn Kronzek (2018-2020), Lynn C. Kronzek & Associates
  • Kyle T. Mays (2018-2020), University of California, Los Angeles
  • Greg Martin (2019-2021), Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Paige Roberts (2019-21), Phillips Academy
  • Kendall Talmadge (2019-2021), First Nations Development Institute

Special Editors

  • James F. Brooks (Editor), University of California Santa Barbara
  • Nicole Belolan (Co-Editor), Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Sarah Case (Managing Editor), University of California Santa Barbara
  • Shelley Bookspan (Contributing Senior Editor), LifeStory Productions, Inc.
  • Lindsey Reed (Contributing Senior Editor)
  • Randolph Bergstrom (Contributing Senior Editor), University of California Santa Barbara
  • David Vail (Book Review Editor), University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Laura B. Moore (Assistant Review Editor), University of California Santa Barbara
  • Theresa Barnett (Exhibit and Media Editor), UCLA
  • Ben Houston (International Consulting Editor), Newcastle University, UK
  • Na Li (International Consulting Editor), Zhejiang University, China
  • Olwen Purdue (International Consulting Editor), Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Juliane Tomann (International Consulting Editor), Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena

Nominating Committee

Identifies, determines the eligibility of, and recommends to the Board of Directors persons to be considered for elected offices of NCPH. Each October, the committee compiles the slate of candidates for the annual election.

  • Rebecca Hunt (2017-2020, Chair), University of Colorado Denver
  • Andrea Blackman (2018-2020), Nashville Public Library
  • Julia Brock (2018-2021), University of Alabama
  • Tatiana Daguillard (2018-2021), Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network
  • Logan Camporeale (2019-2022), Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office
  • Tracy Neumann (2019-2022), Wayne State University
  • Alexandra Lord (2018-2020, Past President), National Museum of American History

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee shall periodically review organization bylaws, committee structures, and committee responsibilities; orient, educate, and assess the Board; and otherwise advise the Board and committees on governance matters and best practices.

  • Krista McCracken (2019-2021, Chair), Algoma University
  • Sharon Leon (2019-2021), Michigan State University and NCPH Secretary-Treasurer
  • Kimberly Springle (2019-2021), Sumner School Museum and Archives and NCPH Board Member
  • Kristin Ahlberg (2019-2021), US State Department
  • Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (2019-2021), New Mexico Historic Sites
  • Chandler Lighty (2019-2021), Indiana Archives and Records Administration

Advocacy Committee of the Board

Consists of the members of the Executive Committee plus two to three additional non-voting members with special skills and interests in advocacy issues.  The committee reports to the Board of Directors on advocacy activities, which may include issuing public statements; and  supporting other organizations that mobilize support for funding history museums, historic sites, history education, historic preservation, and accessibility of historical resources; supporting open dialogue and informed discussion about history’s relationship to contemporary debates; and asserting the importance of professional public history practice.

  • Suzanne Fischer (2017-2020, Chair), Michigan History Center
  • Stephanie Rowe (2015-Present), National Council on Public History
  • Marla Miller (2016-2022), University of Massachusetts Amherst and NCPH President
  • Gregory Smoak (2018-2024), American West Center, University of Utah and NCPH Vice-President
  • Alexandra Lord (2014- 2020), National Museum of American History and NCPH Past President
  • Sharon Leon (2018-2021), Michigan State University and NCPH Secretary-Treasurer
  • Joan Zenzen (2019-2020), Independent Historians and NCPH Executive Committee
  • Richard Anderson (2017-2021), Princeton University
  • Jessica Johnson (2017-2021), University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Katie Rispoli Keaotami (2018-2020), We Are the Next
  • Lacey Wilson (2018-2020), Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters
  • Megan Tewell (2019-2021), North Carolina State University

Long Range Planning Committee

The NCPH Long Range Planning Committee works in consultation with the organization’s staff, Board of Directors, and membership to draft a long range plan for the NCPH, to guide institutional decision making during the period 2017-2022.

  • William F. Stoutamire (2016-2020, Co-Chair), University of West Georgia
  • Abby Gautreau (2017-2021, Co-Chair), Grand Valley State University
  • Stephanie Rowe (2016-present), National Council on Public History
  • Marla Miller (2016-2020), University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • James F. Brooks (2016-2020), The Public Historian Editor, UCSB
  • Blanca Garcia-Barron (2016-2020), The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Theresa Koenigsknecht (2017-2021), Telluride Historical Museum
  • Chuck Arning (2018-2020), National Park Service (retired)
  • Emily Greenwald (2018-2020), Historical Research Associates
  • Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska (2018-2020), American University
  • Kimberly Springle (2018-2020), Sumner School Museum and Archives
  • GVGK Tang (2018-2020), Temple University
  • Annie Anderson (2019-2021), Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
  • Sam Opsahl (2019-2021), Indiana State Museum

Digital Media Group

Keeps the organization abreast of new electronic media technologies and features, considers whether and how these might be used to enhance NCPH’s work, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors about these matters. The group serves oversees digital media projects, such as NCPH blogs and efforts to make the annual meeting more accessible and innovative.

  • Laura Miller (2012-2021), Chair and Affiliate Editor, Historical Consultant
  • Nicole Belolan (2018-Present), NCPH Digital Media Editor, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University – Camden
  • Adina Langer (2012-2020), Lead Editor, Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University
  • William Walker (2012-2020, Lead Editor, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta
  • Modupe Labode (2016-2020), Lead Copy Editor, National Museum of American History
  • Richard Anderson (2015-2021), Copy Editor, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Amy Tyson (2011-2021), Affiliate Editor, DePaul University
  • Priya Chhaya (2012-2020), Affiliate Editor, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Andrea Burns (2014-2020), Affiliate Editor, Appalachian State University
  • Evan Faulkenbury (2017-2021), Affiliate Editor, SUNY Cortland
  • James McGrath (2017-2021), Affiliate Editor, Brown University
  • Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan (2017-2021), Affiliate Editor, Rutgers University — New Brunswick
  • Tom Van Dwark (2018-2020), Affiliate Editor, Know History
  • Cynthia Heider (2019-2021), Contributing Author, American Philosophical Society
  • David Hochfelder (2019-2021), Contributing Author, SUNY Albany
  • Julie Davis (2016-2020), Digital Public History Lab, Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center, University of Minnesota
  • Abby Curtin Teare (2016-2020), Digital Public History Lab and Facebook Manager, Grants Plus
  • Megan Smeznik (2019-2021), Digital Public History Lab, College of Wooster
  • Christine Crosby (2015-2019), Instagram
  • Chelsea Miller (2017-2021), Facebook Manager, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (2018-2021), Twitter Manager, New Mexico Historic Sites
  • Rachel Boyle (2018-2020), Twitter Manager, Omnia History
  • Kate Johnson (2018-2020), Digital Public History Directory, Loyola University Chicago
  • Marie Pellissier (2018-2020), Digital Public History Directory, Loyola University Chicago
  • Stephanie Rowe (2015-Present, ex officio), National Council on Public History


Finance Committee

Assists the secretary-treasurer and executive director in preparing an annual budget and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the financial activities of NCPH, including the investment and management of endowment money and processes for utilizing these and other NCPH funds.

  • Amy Wilson (2013-2020, Chair), Independent Consultant
  • Sharon Leon (2017-2021, Secretary/Treasurer), Michigan State University
  • Stephanie Rowe (ex officio), National Council on Public History
  • Gregory Smoak (2018-2020), Vice President), American West Center, University of Utah
  • Dee Harris (2008-2021), National Archives at Kansas City
  • Briann Greenfield (2016-2021), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • Eric Nystrom (2016-2020), Arizona State University
  • Rosalind Beiler (2017-2021), University of Central Florida
  • Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (2018-2020), New Mexico Historic Sites
  • Mark Speltz (2018-2020), Wells Fargo & Company
  • Carrie Dowdy Bond (2019-2021), National Cowboy and Western History Museum

Development Committee

Advises and assists the Board of Directors on and with fundraising activities for the organization’s Endowment, Annual Fund, and Digital Integration fund.

  • Dee Harris (2015-2020, Co-Chair), National Archives at Kansas City
  • Bill Bryans (2015-2020, Co-Chair), Oklahoma State University
  • Melissa Bingmann (2015-2021), West Virginia University
  • Rebecca Conard (2015-2021), Retired
  • Marianne Babal (2017-2021), Wells Fargo
  • Rebekah Beaulieu (2017-2021), Bowdoin College Art Museum
  • Michael Adamson (2017-2021), FTI Consulting
  • Joseph Cialdella (2017-2021), University of Michigan
  • Elyssa Ford (2017-2021), Northwest Missouri State University
  • Priya Chhaya (2018-2020), National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • James Gardner (2018-2020), Retired
  • William F. Stoutamire (2018-2020), University of West Georgia

Membership Committee

Advises the Board of Directors and the Executive Office on membership matters, including marketing, assessing and serving the membership’s needs, evaluating membership trends such as retention and demographic shifts, and recruiting new members.  Committee members individually seek out prospective NCPH members at the local, state, regional, and/or national level by promoting NCPH membership when attending conferences and other professional events. The committee also helps to organize the New Member Welcome as well as other events at the annual meeting.

  • Krista McCracken (2013-2021, Co-Chair), Algoma University
  • Kristin Ahlberg (2018-2020, Co-Chair), US Department of State
  • Drew Robarge (2016-2020), Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Hannah Schmidl (2016-2020), Princeton Public Library
  • Mark Barron (2017-2021), Iowa State University
  • Michelle McClellan (2017-2021), University of Michigan
  • Joel Ralph (2017-2021), Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Rebecca Andersen (2018-2020), Utah State University
  • Leisl Carr Childers (2018-2020), Colorado State University
  • Karen Miller (2018-2020), United States Strategic Command
  • Rachel Donaldson (2019-2021), College of Charleston
  • Emily Keyes (2019-2021), Know History
  • Kacie Lucchini Butcher (2019-2021), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Edward Roach (2019-2021), National Park Service
  • Stephanie Rowe (2019-Present, ex-officio), National Council on Public History


Annual Meeting Program Committee (2020)

  • Ashley Bouknight (Co-Chair), Historical Research Associates
  • Brian Joyner (Co-Chair), National Park Service
  • Shakti Castro
  • Elon CookThe Center for Reconciliation, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Tanya Evans, (representing IFPH), Macquarie University
  • Shannon HaltiwangerHistory Colorado
  • Ari KelmanUniversity of California Davis
  • Joe McGill, The Slave Dwelling Project
  • Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society
  • Rebecca Pattillo, University of Louisville
  • Philip Scarpino, (representing the NCPH 40th Anniversary Ad Hoc Commmittee), IUPUI
  • Jennifer Scott, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
  • Michael Twitty, Author and Chef
  • Adrienne Usher, Shapell Manuscript Foundation
  • Julia Brock, Local Arrangements co-chair
  • Amy Wilson, Local Arrangements co-chair

Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (2020)

  • Julia Brock (Co-Chair), University of Alabama
  • Amy Wilson (Co-Chair), Independent Consultant
  • Jennifer Dickey, Kennesaw State University
  • Jina DuVernay, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
  • Richard HarkerHistoric Oakland Foundation
  • Meredith Evans, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • Jeremy Katz, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
  • Adina Langer, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University
  • Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia
  • Nicole Moore, Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Robin Morris, Agnes Scott College
  • Derek Mosley, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
  • Alena Pirok, Georgia Southern University
  • Michael Rose, Atlanta History Center
  • Louise Shaw, David J Spencer CDC Museum
  • Jessica VanLanduyt, Atlanta History Center
  • Kathryn Wilson, Georgia State University
  • Holly Smith, Spelman College

Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (2021)

  • Sasha Coles (Co-Chair), University of California Santa Barbara
  • Matthew Godfrey (Co-Chair), Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • Rebecca Andersen, Utah State University
  • Lisa Barr, Utah Division of State History
  • Matthew Basso, University of Utah
  • Barbara Jones Brown, Mormon History Association
  • Beau Burgess, Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • Holly George, Utah Division of State History
  • Katherine Kitterman, Better Days 2020
  • Kathryn MacKay, Weber State University
  • Sandra Morrison, Park City Museum
  • Darren Parry, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation
  • Brenden Rensink, Charles Redd Center, Brigham Young University
  • Gregory Smoak, American West Center, University of Utah
  • Megan Van Frank, Utah Humanities

Consultants Committee

Promotes the interests of NCPH members who provide historical services as consultants or contractors and assists the organization in keeping other public history practitioners informed about consulting activities and issues.  The committee organizes special sessions, workshops, and a reception during the annual conference and in other ways fosters discussion among individuals interested in consulting.

  • Ryan Shackleton (2016-2021, Co-chair), Know History, Inc.
  • Jennifer Stevens (2012-2021, Co-chair), Stevens Historical Research Associates
  • William Willingham (2008-2021), Independent Consultant
  • Patrick Cox (2012-2021), Patrick Cox Consultants
  • Morgen Young (2013-2020), Historical Research Associates, Inc.
  • Paul Sadin (2014-2021), Historical Research Associates, Inc.
  • Heather Carpini (2017-2021), S&ME, Inc.
  • Delia Hagen (2018-2020), Hagen Historical Consulting
  • Scott Miltenberger (2018-2020), JRP Historical Consulting, LLC
  • Cheri Szcodronski (2018-2020), Firefly Preservation Consulting
  • Jackie Gonzales (2019-2021), Historical Research Associates, Inc.
  • Kathleen Conti (2019-2021), UT Austin/HMM & Associates

Committee for Government Historians

Promotes the interests of NCPH members who provide work as government or federal historians.

  • Rachel Kline (2017-2021, Co-Chair), USDA Forest Service
  • Christine Ridarsky (2015-2021, Co-Chair), Association of Public Historians of New York State
  • Jean-Pierre Morin (2015-2021), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Carl Ashley (2015-2021), US Department of State
  • Cameron Binkley (2015-2021), Defense Foreign Language Institute
  • Kelly Spradley-Kurowski (2015-2021), National Park Service
  • Michael Binder (2017-2021), Air Force Declassification Office
  • Jim Bertolini (2018-2020), Nevada State Historic Preservation Office
  • Rebekah Dobrasko (2018-2020), TxDOT
  • Jessie Kratz (2018-2020), National Archives
  • Lisa Barr (2019-2021), Utah Division of State History

Curriculum & Training Committee

Monitors education standards and guidelines for the profession, develops ways of involving students in the functions of NCPH, and assists in promoting excellence in education and other training within the public history field. The committee organizes the Public History Educators Breakfast for the annual meeting, operates the Public History Educators email listserv, and conducts other initiatives of the organization.

  • Jennifer Dickey (2017-2021, Co-Chair), Kennesaw State University
  • Leslie Madsen (2018-2020, Co-Chair), Boise State University
  • Caridad de la Vega (2015-2020), National Historic Landmarks Program
  • Thomas Cauvin (2016-2020), Colorado State University
  • Rebecca Hunt (2016-2020), University of Colorado Denver
  • Elizabeth Charles (2017-2021), Department of State
  • Michelle Delaney (2017-2021), Smithsonian Institution
  • Michelle Hamilton (2017-2021), Western University, Canada
  • Andrea Burns (2018-2020), Appalachian State University
  • Bethany Nagle (2018-2020), Maryland Historical Society
  • Lindsey Passenger Wieck (2019-2021), St. Mary’s University
  • Angela Smith (2019-2021), North Dakota State University
  • Anne Lindsay (2019-2021), California State University–Sacramento

Professional Development Committee

Organizes the Speed Networking event at the annual meeting and reviews and makes recommendations about professional development and continuing education opportunities, such as workshops.

  • Nick Sacco (2014-2021, Co-Chair), National Park Service
  • Jessica Knapp (2015-2021, Co-Chair), Independent Consultant
  • Joan Fragaszy Troyano (2015-2021). Smithsonian Institution
  • Claire Jerry (2017-2021), National Museum of American History
  • Madeleine Rosenberg (2017-2021), New Jersey Historical Commission
  • Vanessa Macias Camacho (2018-2020), El Paso Community College
  • Erin Devlin (2018-2020), University of Mary Washington
  • Tracy Neumann (2018-2020), Wayne State University
  • Sarah Soleim (2018-2020), NC State University
  • Christopher Cantwell (2019-2021), University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Patrice Green (2019-2021), University of Georgia
  • Charlie Hersh (2019-2021), National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Sonya Laney (2019-2021), Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

New Professional and Graduate Student Committee

Helps the organization consider issues, services, and questions of concern to both graduate students and new professionals.  It organizes efforts at the annual meeting, on the NCPH website, and elsewhere aimed at both of these important NCPH constituencies, as well as making resources available to facilitate the transition from graduate student status to new professional.

  • Julie Peterson (2017-2021, Co-Chair), History Colorado
  • Harvee White (2017-2021, Co-Chair), Augusta Museum of History
  • Brian Failing (2015-2021), Aurora Regional Fire Museum
  • Melissa Barthelemy (2016-2020), University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Kimberly Campbell (2017-2021), Coastal Georgia Historical Society
  • Zachary Kopin (2017-2021), University of Michigan
  • Hilary Miller (2017-2021), Penn State University
  • Nicolette Rohr (2017-2021), University of California, Riverside
  • Chelsea Farrell (2018-2020), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • Sally Givens (2018-2020), South Union Shaker Village
  • Mikaela Maria (2018-2020), Rutgers University, Camden
  • Perri Meldon (2019-2021), Boston University
  • Luke Perez (2019-2021), National Museum of American History
  • Brian Whetstone (2019-2021), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Environmental Sustainability Committee

Addresses and advises on pressing environmental issues as they pertain to the work of public historians in their wide ranging venues of practice and that of the NCPH. The committee uses the broadly-accepted Buntland Commission definition of sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” as its working principle. In an era defined by climate change, a growing world population, and the need to live and work with finite natural and financial resources, the committee seeks to advance environmental sustainability as a core principle of public history practice on par with other long-recognized principles such as shared authority and community empowerment.

  • William Ippen (2015-2021, Co-Chair), Loyola University Chicago
  • Philip Levy (2015-2021, Co-Chair), University of South Florida
  • Leah Glaser (2015-2021), Central Connecticut State University
  • David Glassberg (2015-2021), University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Carolyn Barske (2017-2021), University of North Alabama
  • Al Hester (2017-2021), South Carolina State Park Service
  • Andy Kirk (2018-2020), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Alena Pirok (2018-2020), Georgia Southern University
  • Maggie Ordon (2019-2021), Montana Historical Society
  • Tiya Miles (2019-2021), Harvard University
  • Katie Macica (2019-2021), Loyola University Chicago
  • Rachel Leibowitz (2019-2021), SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Book Award Committee

Helps to promote the award, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipient and any honorable mentions.

  • Alicia Barber (2018-2021, Chair), Stories in Place LLC
  • Peter A. Kopp (2018-2020), University of Colorado Denver
  • Jill Titus (2019-2022), Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

Excellence in Consulting Award Committee

Helps to promote the “Excellence in Consulting” award, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipient(s).

  • Lynn Kronzek (2017-2020, Chair), Lynn C. Kronzek & Associates
  • Jeff Pappas (2018-2021), New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
  • Jessica Knapp (2019-2022), Jessica Knapp Consulting

G. Wesley Johnson Award Committee

Helps to promote the award, and in conjunction with the Editorial Office of The Public Historian, evaluates all articles from the eligible volume year, and selects and reports on the recipient.

  • Stella Ress (2018-2021, Chair), University of Southern Indiana
  • Jessica Jenkins (2019-2022), Minnetrista
  • Judith Ridner (2019-2022), Mississippi State University
  • Sarah Case (ex officio), University of California, Santa Barbara

NCPH and HRA New Professional Awards Committee

Helps to promote the awards, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipients.

  • James H. Williams (2017-2020, Chair), National Park Service
  • Deirdre Clemente (2018-2021), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Patrick Moore (2019-2022), New Mexico Historic Sites

Outstanding Public History Project Award Committee

Helps to promote the award, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipient.

  • Angela Smith (2018-2021, Chair), North Dakota State University
  • Kathleen Franz (2019-2022), National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Peter Wong (2019-2022), National Park Service

Robert Kelley Award Committee

Helps to promote the award, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipient.

  • Katie Stringer Clary (2018-2021, Chair), Coastal Carolina University
  • Timothy Kneeland (2019-2022), Nazareth College
  • Caroline Klibanoff (2019-2022), National Museum of American History

Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis

Helps to promote the award, evaluates biennial submissions, and selects and reports on the recipient.

  • Keith Erekson (2018-2021), LDS Church History Library
  • Leslie Leonard (2018-2021), Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Student Project Award and Graduate Student Travel Award Committee

Helps to promote the awards, evaluates submissions, and selects and reports on the recipients.

  • Clarissa Ceglio (2017-2020, Chair), UConn Digital Media Center
  • Joseph Rizzo (2017-2020), Loudoun Museum
  • Kathryn Wilson (2017-2020), Georgia State University
  • Marissa Petrou (2019-2022), University of Louisiana
  • Katherine Preissler (2019-2022), City of Holyoke


Board-Led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

  • Kristen Baldwin Deathridge (2019-present, Co-Chair, Board Rep), Appalachian State University
  • Mary Rizzo (2019-present, Co-Chair), Rutgers University – Newark
  • Modupe Labode (2019-present, Board Rep), National Museum of American History
  • Joan Zenzen (2019-present, Board Rep), Independent Historian
  • Porsha Dossie (2019-present)
  • Blanca Garcia-Barron (2019-present), The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Benjamin Filene (2019-present), North Carolina Museum of History
  • Lara Kelland (2019-present), University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Tyler Putman (2019-present), Museum of the American Revolution
  • Gregory Samantha Rosenthal (2019-resent), Roanoke College
  • Kristyn Scorsone (2019-present), Rutgers University – Newark
  • Hope Shannon (2019-present), Loyola University Chicago
  • GVGK Tang (2019-present), Temple University

Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

  • Aleia Brown (2016-2019, Co-Chair), Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • Modupe Labode (2015- 2019, Co-Chair), Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (2015-2019), New Mexico Historic Sites
  • Brian Joyner (2015-2019), National Park Service
  • Alima Bucciantini (2015-2019), The Tatnall School
  • Blanca Garcia-Barron (2015-2019), The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Mary Rizzo (2015-2019), Rutgers University-Newark
  • Laurie Arnold (2016-2020), Gonzaga University
  • Shakti Castro (2016-2020), Columbia University
  • Jocelyn Imani (2016-2020), Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Marty Blatt (2017-2019), Northeastern University
  • Nicole Orphanides (2017-2019), Independent Historian
  • Mayela Caro (2017-2019), University of California, Riverside
  • GVGK Tang (2018-2019), Temple University
  • LaQuanda Walters Cooper (2019-2021), George Mason University

NCPH 40th Anniversary Ad Hoc Committee

In anticipation of the 40th anniversaries of the 1979 Montecito meeting and the organization’s founding, the committee is responsible for planning how the organization will commemorates its founding, as well as its forty-year history as the intellectual and professional home of public history practice.

  • Marianne Babal (2018-2020, Chair), Wells Fargo
  • Barb Howe (2018-2020), retired
  • Rebecca Conard (2018-2020), retired
  • Philip Scarpino (2018-2020), IUPUI
  • Kristin Baldwin Deathridge (2018-2020), Appalachian State University
  • Amy Wilson (2018-2020), Independent Consultant
  • Kristine Navarro-McElhaney (2018-2020), Arizona State University
  • Amber Mitchell (2018-2020), National WWII Museum
  • Patrick Grossi (2018-2020), Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
  • Nicole Belolan (ex-officio), TPH co-editor/NCPH digital media editor
  • Meghan Hillman (ex-officio), NCPH program manager

Task Force on PH Education & Employment

  • Phil Scarpino (2014-present, Co-Chair), National Council on Public History
  • Dan Vivian (2014-present, Co-Chair), National Council on Public History
  • Kristen Gwinn-Becker (2015-present), National Council on Public History
  • Stephanie Rowe (2015-present), National Council on Public History
  • Catherine Gudis (2018-present), National Council on Public History
  • David Glassberg (2014-present), Organization of American Historians
  • Anthea Hartig (2014-present), Organization of American Historians
  • Paul Zwirecki (2018-present), Organization of American Historians
  • Jim Grossman (2014-present), American Historical Association
  • John Dichtl (2014-present), American Association for State and Local History
  • Rich Cooper (2018-present), American Association for State and Local History
  • Nicola Longford (2018-present), American Association for State and Local History

Council of Past Presidents

Advises NCPH Officers, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Office on a variety of matters involving the organization’s past and its future direction.


  • Jack Holl (1984-1985)
  • Arnita Jones (1987-1988)
  • Barbara Howe (1988-1989)
  • Ted Karamanski (1989-1990)


  • Brit Allan Storey (1991-1992)
  • Martin Melosi (1992-1993)
  • Philip Scarpino (1993-1994)
  • Patricia Mooney-Melvin (1994-1995)
  • Jeffrey Brown (1995-1996)
  • Dwight Pitcaithley (1998-1999)
  • Michael Devine (1999-2000)
  • Alan Newell (2000-2001)
  • Patrick O’Bannon (2001-2002)
  • Rebecca Conard (2002-2003)
  • James Gardner (2003-2004)
  • Sharon Babaian (2004-2005)
  • Robert Weible (2005-2006)
  • Bill Bryans (2006-2008)
  • Marianne Babal (2008-2010)
  • Martin Blatt (2010-2012)
  • Robert Weyeneth (2012-2014)
  • Patrick Moore (2014-2016)
  • Alexandra Lord (2016-2018)
  • Marla Miller (2018-2020)


  • Stephanie Rowe (NCPH), National Coalition for History
  • Jeani O’Brien (University of Minnesota), American Association for State and Local History, US 250 Task Force
  • Alexandra Lord (National Museum of American History), American Council of Learned Societies Delegate (1/2019-12/2022)
  • David Glassberg (University of Massachusetts Amherst), International Federation for Public History 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee