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Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska

Assistant Professor

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-10:00am

Tuesday, 4:00-5:00pm

Areas of Expertise

  • History
  • Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Television


PhD, American Studies, Brown University

A.M., Public Humanities, Brown University

M.A., Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University,

B.A., History and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University,

Research Interests

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, public history, museum studies, digital humanities, media and cultural studies, media history, critical theory

My current book project, History Comes Alive: Between Past and Present in the Making of Postwar Historical Consciousness (manuscript in preparation) traces the emergence of immersive engagement with the past in a variety of contexts in postwar American culture. I am especially interested in the affective qualities of historical memory—the impulse to understand the past on emotional rather than informational terms; through re-performance and interaction as opposed to observation and contemplation. I analyze archival evidence from a range of popular history initiatives including the building preservation movement in New England, federal and local celebration of the 1976 Bicentennial, the use of new media in history museum exhibition, history-based television programming, and protest organizations like the People’s Bicentennial Commission, a leftist organization that believed themselves to be the true heirs of the American Revolution. I read the production and reception of these texts in the context of a large-scale transformation in how Americans both understood and used the past in contemplating the present and forming and reforming identities.

I'm also interested in how the digital is impacting the work of history--the way that digital archives, data visualization, and nonlinear narrative via hyperlinking and annotation (to name a few) have changed and continue to change both academic and popular historical knowledge production. 

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Phone: 217-581-3310

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