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The Center for Public History draws on the rich faculty resources of the Department of History, the University of Houston, and the wider Houston community to offer our students unique classroom, research, and outreach opportunities. These faculty members have expertise in the fields of energy, environmental, legal, policy and urban history and a wide variety of public history experiences.

mag_headshot.jpgDr. Mark Goldberg
Director, Center for Public History
Associate Professor of History


 nbyoung.jpgNancy Beck Young
Associate Director, Center for Public History
Public History Advisor, Center for Public History
Professor of History
(713) 743-3085

 harwell-d.jpgDebbie Z. Harwell
Editor, Houston History magazine
Instructional Assistant Professor of History,
Department of History


 neumann_image.jpgKristina Neumann
Producer, Public Historians at Work podcast
Associate Professor of History, Department of History
(713) 743-0480


Center for Public History, Founding Directors 

Martin Melosi

Martin Melosi
Founding Director, Center for Public History
Distinguished University Professor of History
(713) 743-3090


Joseph Pratt

Joseph Pratt
Director Emeritus, Houston History Project
Coordinator, Energy Management and Policy Group (EMAP)
Cullen Chair of History and Business
(713) 743-3088




Wes Jackson
Program Director, Center for Public History





Aracely Lara
Research Assistant, Center for Public History




Center for Public History Affiliates 


Peggy Lindner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Computer Information Systems
Director of Technology, Sharing Stories from 1977



Elizabeth Rodwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Digital Media
Director of UX, Sharing Stories from 1977
Phone 713-743-3046