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2011-2012 Students






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Welcome to the Public History program at UCSB

We train students to apply their historical skills, knowledge and insights in public settings – in museums and heritage sites, businesses, public agencies, non-profit groups and private foundations, and myriad other places.

To meet the wide range of opportunities presented by the always-changing array of publics, the UCSB program prepares historians as historians, as broadly-trained scholar-professionals fully versed in the literature, methods, and interpretive debates of the venerable discipline, but also especially conscious of and practiced in the special challenges and resources distinctive to the public practice of History.

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Public History students regularly take advantage of the History Department's large and distinguished faculty to integrate their particular research and reading interests into their program. The formal course of study for the Ph.D. degree is further enhanced by opportunities to:

  • participate in the editing and production of The Public Historian, the quarterly history journal jointly published by our program and the National Council for Public History;
  • spend research or internship quarters in residence at the UCSB Washington D.C. Center, with research grant and teaching assistantship support available;
  • meet and discuss the field with prominent visiting public historians; and
  • (since 1999-2000) undertake coursework, research, and internships in the state capital, Sacramento, with the Public History Program's joint doctoral program at California State University, Sacramento.


This page was created in 2011-2012 by UCSB Public History graduate students and is no longer regularly updated. Please see the Department's Public History Field page for current information.