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Jane Becker, PhD

  • Internship Coordinator & Lecturer of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6885
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-633

Areas of Expertise

Jane Becker’s research and professional interests include public history and museum studies, U.S. social and cultural history between the world wars, history of the Appalachian South, and American material culture studies. She manages the internship programs for graduate students in the public history and archives tracks, and teaches one of the core public history courses—HIST 625 (The Art and Craft of Interpretation).

Degrees

PhD (American Studies) Boston University
BA (History & Music) Hamilton College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Spring 2015 Office Hours: By appointment

I began my life in museums in my hometown, Washington, DC, but embarked on a career in history museums during graduate school in American Studies at Boston University. I have worked in a wide range of venues—large and small history museums, both nationally and locally focused; state arts and humanities councils; local and federal historic sites and parks; universities; and local preservation commissions. In these cultural organizations I have conducted research; developed conceptual and interpretive plans for exhibits, tours, and programs; and managed exhibit and oral history projects. In addition, I have developed programs and worked as a historian for a variety of projects serving different communities in New England, ranging from organizing and leading inventory projects, to conducting oral histories in a community setting.

I have taught in areas related to public history and museum practice—graduate seminars in interpretation and exhibits for history museums and sites, and material culture studies, as well as the U.S. history survey for undergraduates. Currently, I teach the interpretation course in the public history track.

I am a believer in and witness to the potential of history in transforming communities and empowering citizens, and an enthusiastic supporter of the public humanities.