Board of Directors
John Dichtl, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Council on Public History
John Dichtl is the Executive Director of the National Council on Public History (NCPH), a professional association that inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of historians in putting history to work in the world. For more than 30 years, the NCPH has built community among historians, expanded professional skills and tools, fostered critical reflection on historical practice, and publicly advocated for history and historians. Prior to January 2006, Dr. Dichtl was the Deputy Executive Director of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. Dr. Dichtl received his Ph.D. and M.A. in early American history from Indiana University and is the author of Frontiers of Faith: Bringing Catholicism to the West in the Early Republic.
Robert M. Ehrenreich, Ph.D., Director, University Programs, The U.S. Holocaust Museum
Robert M. Ehrenreich is Director of University Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to joining the Museum, Dr. Ehrenreich was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution; a research associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana; a senior staff scientist at The National Academies; and an associate research professor at George Washington University. He is the author or editor of four books, an international journal, and over 40 articles and reviews on the Holocaust, Holocaust studies, and European history and prehistory. His most recent volume, edited with R. Clifton Spargo, is entitled After Representation? The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture (2009). Dr. Ehrenreich was awarded an A.B. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.
Laura E. Ettinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Clarkson University
Laura Ettinger is an associate professor at Clarkson University where she has received teaching and research awards. Professor Ettinger’s work focuses on the history of women, gender, and the medical, scientific, and technological professions in the United States. Her book, Nurse‐Midwifery: The Birth of a New American Profession (Ohio State University Press), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, examined the emergence of American nurse‐midwifery, an occupation that developed in the 1920s and involved nurses who took advanced training in midwifery. Her current research, inspired by more than a decade of teaching at a technological university, focuses on the history of women in engineering. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to the University of Rijeka in Croatia for spring 2012. Professor Ettinger received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
Sarah Leavitt, Ph.D., Curator, National Building Museum
Sarah Leavitt is a curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. where her recent exhibitions have included “House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage” (2009) and “House & Home” (2012). She previously held the position of Associate Historian & Curator at the Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her other research and museum experience includes positions at the consulting firm History Associates, Inc. as well as the Women of the West Museum in Boulder, Colorado and the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Her book, From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2002; other publications include articles on the history of the pregnancy test, on‐line motherhood communities, and the television show Veronica Mars. She is most recently the editor of a publication called Taliesin Diary: A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright (2012). Dr. Leavitt graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University.
Michael R. Lynn, Ph.D., Professor, Purdue University North Central
Michael Lynn is a professor of history, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, and Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University North Central. He has published Popular Science and Public Opinion in Eighteenth-Century France (Manchester University Press, 2006), which explored the popularization of natural philosophy in Enlightenment France, and The Sublime Invention: Ballooning in Europe, 1783-1820 (Pickering and Chatto, 2010), which analyzed the cultural history of ballooning across Europe for the first forty years after its discovery. Professor Lynn is currently exploring the relationship between the Enlightenment and the irrational in eighteenth-century France through a series of case studies including astrology, ventriloquism, werewolves, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, and vampires. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michelle L. McClellan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Michelle McClellan is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She is especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to studying and teaching about addiction. Her research has focused largely on alcoholism and women, and she is completing a book that uses the figure of the alcoholic woman as a way to explore the complex intersection of gender and medicalization in nineteenth‐ and twentieth‐century America. She is also working on a book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the appeal Wilder has had among Americans since the 1930s. An active public historian, Professor McClellan has worked in a house museum, curated exhibits, and supervised preservation projects. She received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. in American history from Stanford University
Manon Parry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Manon Parry has been an exhibition curator for several years. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Public History at the University of Amsterdam. Over the past ten years, Dr. Parry has curated gallery and online exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health, The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall‐ Paper,” and Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War. Traveling versions of her exhibits have visited more than 300 venues across the United States, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Turkey, and Guam. She is co‐editor, with Ellen S. More and Elizabeth Fee, of Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), and is currently completing a book on the birth control movement’s use of mass media, entitled Broadcasting Birth Control (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2013). Dr. Perry is interested in the histories of medicine and disability, food and drink, popular culture, and activism. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Leo Slater, Ph.D., Historian, Naval Research Laboratory
A former pharmaceutical research chemist, Leo B. Slater has held a number of fellowships and positions including: the DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Memorial Fellowship in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, Office of NIH History; Fellow at the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Enterprise of The Johns Hopkins University; and Director of Historical Services at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. In 2009, he published War and Disease: Biomedical Research on Malaria in the Twentieth Century (Rutgers University Press). He is currently Historian of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and is working on a history of the development of GPS. Dr. Slater earned a PhD in history at Princeton University in 1997.
Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D., Primary Resource Research/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a historian whose teaching, research, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. In 2006, UNC Press published her Super‐Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, the first serious study of the development of the National Park Service's most visited site. Through Primary Source History Services, which she runs with her husband David Whisnant, Whisnant has been the co‐principal historian on three book‐length National Park Service projects. From 2008 to 2012, she also chaired a task force commissioned by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service to study the state of historical practice within the Park Service. Its report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, appeared in 2012. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Whisnant serves as scholarly adviser for "Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina," a grant‐funded digital, geospatial history collection being developed collaboratively with the Carolina Digital Library Archives, part of the UNC Libraries. She is Deputy Secretary of the Faculty for UNC's Office of Faculty Governance. Dr. Whisnant earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.