Select publications by Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Researchers at the Center for Public Humanities.

Susan Smulyan, Director

Steve Lubar

Marisa Brown, Assistant Director

Ron Potvin, Assistant Director

Jim McGrath, Postdoctoral Fellow


Marisa Brown

Book Review of The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017), Buildings and Landscapes, the journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (forthcoming).

"Radical Urbanism: On M. Paul Friedberg's Riis Park Plaza (1966)." Perspecta 50 (MIT, 2017) 

"Integration by Design: Bertrand Goldberg’s Hilliard Homes and the Architecture of Public Housing in Postwar Chicago." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (June 2017)

"An Obituary for the Fogarty Building." co-written with Caroline Stevens, Providence Journal (Mar 15, 2017) 

"Age of the Modern Home." Art New England (Mar-Apr 2015)

"Could We Be Seeing an End to the Architecture Wars?Providence Journal (Dec 5, 2014)

"A Sense of Place: Architecture and the Built Landscape in Contemporary Connecticut Art." Art New England (Feb-Mar 2004)

"Understanding the Aryan Theory: Orientalist Scholarship in Colonial Ceylon and the Structure of Empire." Culture and Politics of Identity in Sri Lanka, ed. Mithran Thiruchelvam, C.S. Dattathreya (Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2000)

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Steve Lubar

Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present. 2017.

"Beautiful Data." Ars Orientalis. 2014; 44 (20151116)

"Curator as Auteur." The Public Historian. 2014; 36 (1) : 71-76.

"‘To Polish and Adorn the Mind’: The United States Naval Lyceum at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1833–89." Museum History Journal. 2014; 7 (1) : 84-102.

"Timelines in Exhibitions." Curator: The Museum Journal. 2013; 56 (2) : 169-188.

"Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.Curator: The Museum Journal. 2012; 55 (2) : 233-236.

"The Making of “America on the Move” at the National Museum of American History." Curator: The Museum Journal. 2004; 47 (1) : 19-51.

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Jim McGrath

“Memes.” Chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Web History. Eds. Niels Brügger and Ian Milligan (under contract; 2018)

“The Tour as Technology: Digital Approaches to Location-Based Storytelling.” Preservation Education and Research. (accepted; forthcoming in 2018)

Precarious Labor in the Digital Humanities.” Co-authored with Christina Boyles, Anne Cong-Huyen, Carrie Johnston, and Amanda Phillips. American Quarterly (accepted; forthcoming in 2018)

Our Marathon, five years later: Reflections on the Work of Digital Public Humanities.” History @Work blog, National Council on Public History. April 2018.

“Building Communities and New Possibilities: Lessons in Collaboration from Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive.” Co-authored with Alicia Peaker. Chapter in Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community. Eds. Kate Joranson and Robin Kear. Chandos Publishing (March 2018)

"Reappearing Acts: A Review of Lori Emerson’s Reading Writing Interfaces: From The Digital To The Bookbound.Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11.3. 2017.

"Day of Public Humanities." Co-Authored with Robyn Schroeder and Inge Zwart. [email protected] blog, National Council on Public History. May 2017.

"Graduate Training where Digital Humanities and Early American Studies Meet." Co-authored with Ben Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood, and Abby Mullen. Common-place, Vol. 16 No. 4. Fall 2016.

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Ron Potvin

"Finding Numen at Historical Sites." Reimagining Historic House Museums (Forthcoming).

Review: "House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town by Beth Luey." The Public Historian, May 1, 2018.

"Chasing the White Whale? Flexible Use of Museum Collections." History News, Autumn 2014.

"A Word (or Two) about Relevance." AASLH Blog, September 25, 2014. 

"Washington Slept Here? Reinterpreting the Stephen Hopkins House." History News, Spring 2011.

"House or Home? Rethinking the House Museum Paradigm." The Power and Predicament of Historic Sites, History News, Spring 2010.

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Susan Smulyan

Major Problems in American Popular Culture. 2011.

Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century. 2011.

"The Cultural Turn in U.S. Diplomatic History." Diplomatic History. 2009; 33 (3) : 539-542.

"Live from Waikiki: Colonialism, Race, and Radio in Hawaii, 1934–1963." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 2007; 27 (1) : 63-75.

Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting 1920-1934. 1996.

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