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.

The Public Historian also publishes occasional special issues and e-books in collaboration with History@Work. For a list of recent special issues visit and navigate to “TPH E-Pubs.”

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.

“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


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