Contributors

Danielle Dulken | Editor, Writer

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Danielle Dulken is a graduate student at American University where she pursues a Master of Arts in History and a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She specializes in oral history and public history with an emphasis in late twentieth-century women’s reproductive health and community organizing.

Prior to graduate school, Danielle worked on municipal campaigns and as a publicist for non-profits in New York City. Her unique experience has led to internships at the Smithsonian Institution as well as her current roles: Public History Fellow for the Peace Corps Community Archive and Graduate Teaching Assistant in American University’s History Department. She is also the creator of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force Oral History Project (WACDTF OHP), an oral history collection of grassroots abortion clinic activists from the D.C. metro region. The project will be archived at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library.

Beginning fall 2016, Danielle will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a Ph.D in American Studies. Follow her on Twitter: @_Spare_Rib

Alexandra Erichson | Editor, Writer

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Alexandra Erichson is a second-year Public History Master’s student at American University.  Her primary interest is in ancient Near Eastern Studies and exploring ways non-Western and ancient history can be brought to life.  Alexandra graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a BS in Anthropology, a focus in Archaeology and a Specialization in Muslim Studies.     

Alexandra firmly believes that the key elements to good public history – interpretation and accessibility – can be applied to all sorts of histories and her work often crosses disciplinary boundaries (and gets her out of the library and into the field!).  She has held an internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and conducted research under the supervision of Smithsonian Gardens.  Alexandra was inspired to go into Public History after interning and volunteering for two local history museums:  Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center in Newaygo, Michigan and Cornwall Historical Society Museum in Cornwall, New York.  In 2012, she participated in an archaeological field school in Menorca, Spain excavating a Roman city and necropolis.  She currently works for the Washington National Cathedral.

Jen Giambrone | Editor, Writer

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Jen Giambrone is a second year graduate in the Masters of Public History program at American University. She attended Gettysburg College for her undergraduate degree and completed a double major in history and sociology. In 2010, she graduated from Gettysburg summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Kappa Delta honors societies.

She has held internships at Musselman Library Special Collections, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the Genesee Country Village and Museum. After college she worked at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, and in 2012 moved to Washington, DC, to work with History Associates, Incorporated, a historical consulting firm. At History Associates, she has worked with such clients as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, the Trust for the National Mall, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. In September 2015 she began a fellowship at the White House Historical Association, where she supports their digital history initiatives.

Jen studies US history and has a particular interest in life in urban America. One of her favorite public history sites is the Tenement Museum in New York City, and has recently become enamored with history podcasts.

Sydney Johnson | Editor, Writer

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Sydney Johnson is a current second year in the Public History Master’s program at American University. Hailing from Louisville, KY she graduated in 2014 from Miami University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Black World Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honors society as well as Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority.

Sydney has held internships at the KY Historic Preservation Council, the Miami University Art Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, she has undertaken contract work for the National Museum of American History’s American Enterprise exhibition , as well as produced educational content for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Sydney’s scholarly focus is the history of the African Diaspora and Black American history; particularly narratives about late nineteenth/early twentieth century Black American women.  Upon completion of her Master’s degree Sydney plans to pursue a career as a curator, with her ultimate goal being directorship at a Black history museum.

Zach Klitzman | Editor, Writer

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Zach Klitzman is a Masters candidate in American University’s Public History program. He also works as the Executive Assistant at President Lincoln’s Cottage, and previously worked at the National Park Service in the Park History Program. In 2015, he served as the the inaugural Silberman Fellow at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. As a Fellow, he presented a paper on Alexander Shepherd, who served as Territorial Governor of the District of Columbia in the 1870s. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote an Honors Thesis on Andrew Jackson and the Election of 1828.

A native of Washington, D.C, Zach is interested in the history of our nation’s capital, the Early American Republic, and the presidency. He also enjoys watching and playing sports, and is excited to participate in a working group on Sports History Museums at the 2015 NCPH Annual Meeting. Follow him on Twitter: @ZachHistory.

Anna Snyder | Editor, Writer

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Anna Snyder is a second-year Public History Master’s student at American University. She attended Binghamton University for her undergraduate education and majored in history. She graduated in 2013 summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.

She has held internships with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Postal Museum, the Smithsonian Gardens, and Ford’s Theatre, where she was able to assist in the 150th commemoration of Lincoln’s assassination. Anna is currently a Public History Fellow at History Associates, Inc. where she conducts archival research and helps with exhibit development. She studies US history and is particularly interested in museum education and public programming.