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Public History 2011-2012 Students



2011-2012 Students

  • Peggy Beedle
  • Stacey Blackburn
  • Susan Falck
  • Mira S. Foster
  • Roberta Gilman
  • Bonnie Harris
  • Rose Hayden-Smith
  • David Lemon
  • Ron Parsons
  • Paul Sandul
  • Ty Smith
  • John Smoley
  • Tory Swim





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Peggy Beedle

Stacy Blackburn

Susan Falck

Mira S. Foster is currently a PhD candidate in Public History Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She advanced to candidacy in fall 2007 and is currently working on her dissertation under her advisor, Prof. Harold Marcuse.
Her public history interest and research emphasis focuses on oral history as theory and methodology, as well as institutional and corporate history.  She received her MA from the University of Bremen, Germany.  Her master’s thesis, “From Emil Ipsen Freight Forwarder to Logistics Provider Ipsen-Group, A Company Chronicle within the Context of the Economic History of Bremen.” reconstructs over 100 years of corporate and regional history, using archival and oral history sources. 
Parallel to her study at UCSB she also manages an oral history project at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The project aims at collecting, preserving, and reconstructing the history of the Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Art Scene through oral history interviews. MORE...


Roberta Gilman

Bonnie Harris: I am currently a PhD ABD “All But DONE” in the Public History program at UCSB. My academic field of study is Modern Jewish History, with an emphasis in Holocaust History and Memorialization. My doctoral dissertation will be the first academic study of the rescue of German refugee Jews from the Holocaust by the Jewish Community of Manila. In my MA program at SDSU, I wrote my Master’s Thesis on the Form and Function of Temple Architecture in the ancient Near East and taught Ancient Near Eastern History at SDSU before entering my PhD program at UCSB. In my BA program in Humanities at SDSU, I graduated Magna cum laude with distinction in the Major. I assisted in the operation of the Jewish Studies Department at San Diego State University in association with Dr. Lawrence Baron, Director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies and President of the Western Jewish Studies Association, for which I still serve as the WJSA’s Executive Administrator. MORE...

Rose Hayden-Smith is a Food and Society Policy Fellow affiliated with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She serves a 4-H Youth Development Advisor in Ventura County, where her academic program focuses on youth and community gardening efforts; garden-based learning; food systems education; and volunteer development.  Hayden-Smith is also responsible for providing academic leadership for educational programming at UC’s Hansen Agricultural Center at the historic Faulkner Farm, in Santa Paula, CA. 

She chairs UC’s Garden-Based Learning Workgroup, and is a member of the California Instructional School Garden Advisory Committee.   In addition to holding Masters degrees in Education and U.S. History, Hayden-Smith is a PhD candidate in U.S. History/Public Historical Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and a practicing historian.  She is the recipient of UC Santa Barbara’s 2006 Robert L. Kelly Fellowship and a 2007 History Associates Fellowship for her work on World War I gardening programs in America.   Her dissertation research focuses on gardening, horticulture, and agriculture during the Progressive Era and WWI; government and educational policies relating to that topic; and the American homefront during wartime. Visit Rose's website


David Lemon


Ron Parsons

Paul Sandul is in the joint program in Public History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Sacramento. He passed his doctoral exams in February 2008 and is currently working on his dissertation, "Harvesting Suburbs: Recalling the Suburban Side of California's Agricultural Colonization". Sandul specializes in public history, focusing on the histories of U.S.cities, suburbs, and public memory, particularly concerning historic preservation and cultural resources management.
His research focuses on the development and public memory of rural suburbs at the turn of the twentieth century through present day and draws together multiple fields of American history including public, rural, suburban, and urban history, and interdisciplinary fields such as place theory, memory studies, and
social theory. Following the lead of "new suburban historians" that take a more complex view of suburbia, particularly to look beyond white, middle class, residential only suburbs, his research examines a neglected but vitally important suburban type: suburbs that included agriculture. He concludes that much of what we understand to be characteristic of the agricultural development and growth of communities where horticulture was incessantly promoted was a suburban phenomenon. He also examines another neglected but centrally important issue in suburban history: suburban memory, sense of place, and sense of history. Specifically, by examining the historical narratives and public historical works of suburban social spaces, he concludes that the public memory of these sites actually divert attention away from the suburban side of their development and subsequent history

  Ty Smith

John Smoley is a doctoral candidate in the Public History Program run jointly by the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Sacramento, John Smoley is nearing completion of his dissertation on public memory and preservation of Cold War air defense missile bases.
His most recent work experience is in the fields of historic preservation and urban planning. Coming from the City of Santa Barbara, where he worked within the proven framework of one of the oldest historic preservation programs in the nation, Smoley transitioned to Elk Grove, the fastest growing city in the nation in 2005, and helped create the city's historic preservation program. Although it is one of California's newest cities, Elk Grove has landmarks dating back to the first half of the nineteenth century, and has benefited from grassroots preservation activities for over thirty years. Smoley's previous experience includes work as Collections Manager of the Blue Earth County Historical Society (Minnesota) and as an officer in the United States Army.

Tory Swim: I received my B.A. in history and M.A. in public history from California State University, Sacramento. I am finishing my second year of the joint public history program between CSU Sacramento and UCSB. Throughout my academic experience I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different public history fields. I worked as a research assistant in the California Department of Transportation's cultural studies office; as an intern in the research department of the Folsom history museum; as an editorial assistant for The Public Historian; and I now work as the assistant curator for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2006 I co-authored Orangevale, part of the Images of America series, with PhD Candidate Paul Sandul. My Master's thesis focused on adding women's history to a community's downtown district by first evaluating and documenting the historical integrity of twenty-three residential properties and then creating a walking tour focusing on the women who lived in those houses. My current research focuses on the presentation of childhood in public history media and children as history consumers.