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About Margo Shea

I am a public historian and a college professor. As a scholar and researcher, I examine the cultural, social and political contexts within which memory is experienced, articulated and expressed. As a public historian, I take an active role in these very processes while sometimes guiding and offering critical perspective and scholarly insight into them. I am interested in participatory memory work at every level and so I initiate projects, advise on them, teach students how to implement them and study them ethnographically. The way(s) we reflect on, live through and transcend the past is my passion.


Present Assistant Professor, Salem State University History

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Reading Group Member, Center for Research and Ethnography in the Aftermath of Violence, Concordia University, Montréal
Chairperson, Monteagle Community History
Member, National Council of Public History
Long Range Planning Committee Member, National Council on Public History
Board Member, Salem Award Foundation for Social Justice
Selecting Committee Member, UMass Commonwealth College Community Service Award
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Honors and Awards

  • Mellon Fellowship, The Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies, Sewanee: University of the South and Yale University
  • National Humanities Center DuPont Summer Fellowship in Spatial Humanities
  • Nominated, First Year Outstanding Advocate Award
  • Nominated, University Distinguished Teaching Award
  • University Graduate Fellowship
  • UMass History Department Bauer-Gordon Award
  • UMass Graduate School Travel Award
  • University of Pennsylvania Abraham Cohn Award


2010 Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ History
2005 M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ Public History
1995 B.A., University of Pennsylvania ‐ Urban Studies

Books (1)

Research Works (1)

Guest Appearances (1)

Book Chapters (4)

Articles (5)

Presentations (1)

Book Reviews (2)

Civic Engagement Works (1)