Jane Becker, Ph.D.

Internship Coordinator | Lecturer of History

Interpreting History in Public Approaches to Public History Practice
Internship in Public History

A public historian, Professor 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 teaches one of the core public history courses, The Art and Craft of Interpretation. She began her life in museums in Washington, DC, but embarked on a career in history museums during graduate school in American Studies at Boston University. She has 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 she has conducted research; developed conceptual and interpretive plans for exhibits, tours, and programs; and managed exhibit and oral history projects. In addition, she has 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. She is a believer in and witness to the potential of history in transforming communities and empowering citizens, and an enthusiastic supporter of the public humanities.