Developing Critical New Content for The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST

This program will be recorded and made available upon publication of the essays.

Join public historians Ashley Bouknight-Claybrooks, Aleia Brown, Romeo Guzmán, and LaQuanda Walters Cooper for a conversation about interpreting public history, the Inclusive Historian’s Handbook (IHH), and the impact of COVID-19 with Modupe Labode and Will Walker, co-editors of the IHH.

In 2020, the editors of the Inclusive Historian’s Handbook commissioned four new essays with the support of NCPH’s grants for virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors of those essays will be in conversation with the IHH’s editors. The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook is supported by NCPH and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and co-edited by Will Walker, Modupe Labode, and Robert Weible.


Ashley Bouknight-Claybrooks

Dr. Ashley Bouknight-Claybrooks currently serves as the Senior Manager of Professional Development for the American Association for State and Local History, and, most recently, Curator at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Prior to her work in Nashville, she served as a community educator and museum consultant for various museums, historic sites, and neighborhood history projects in the southeast. She received a Masters of Arts in Public History and a Certificate in Museum Management from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston. She received a PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Her research focuses on collections management theory, intersectionality and inclusivity in museums, and community outreach.

Aleia Brown

Dr. Aleia M. Brown serves as the Assistant Director of the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was the recipient of the 2017-2019 Mellon-ACLS public fellowship, working as program manager at the Humanities Action Lab at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to that, she was the Curator of African American History and Culture at the Michigan State University Museum. She has written and given talks on her two digital projects #BlkTwitterstorians and #MuseumsRespondtoFerguson. Her current manuscript in progress reckons with the historic mishandling of Black women’s textile art and illuminates the sophisticated ways that makers have visualized Black political thought. Brown holds a PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University, an MA in Public History from Northern Kentucky University, and a BS in History from the Honors College at Coppin State University.

Romeo Guzmán

Romeo Guzmán is an assistant professor in history at Claremont Graduate University. His public history projects include “Straight Outta Fresno: From Popping to B-boys and B-girls,” “The Other Football: Tracing the Game’s Roots and Routes in the San Joaquin Valley, ” and “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in El Monte and South El Monte,” which has resulted in the publication of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers 2020). Guzmán has received funding from California Humanities, Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Whiting Foundation, and others. For more on his work visit . Guzmán’s entry explores how scholars, community organizations, and museums have documented, celebrated, and explored the evolution of sport. Particular attention is paid to projects that speak to people of color and marginalized communities, draw attention to gender, race, and inequality, document both professional and amateur athletes along with fans, and deploy creative and innovative ways to experience both sport and history.

LaQuanda Walters Cooper

LaQuanda Walters Cooper is a doctoral candidate in history at George Mason University. Her dissertation research investigates Black politics, commemorative culture, and placemaking in post-Reconstruction North Carolina. She received her BA in history and MA in education with a concentration in special education from the University of Saint Joseph, and her MA in Historical Studies with a concentration in Public History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Walters-Cooper’s piece-in-progress considers the sites of overlap and tension between digital public history and Black digital humanities.