Doing History

Doing History
Doing History talks to scholars of early America about the process and progress of historical scholarship.

014 History and Historians in the Public
Apr 27 • 33 min
Not all historians work to publish their findings about history in books and articles. Some historians work to convey knowledge about history to the public in public spaces and in public ways. Listen to our interview with Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the…
013 The History of Genealogy
Apr 20 • 42 min
Karin Wulf, a Professor of History at William & Mary and the Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, reveals why early Americans were interested in genealogy and how they practiced it; Early American and European…
012 How Genealogists Research
Apr 13 • 37 min
In this episode of the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series, we investigate the world of genealogical research with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist. During our…
011 How Historians Publish History
Apr 6 • 45 min
During our conversation, William and Mary Quarterly Editor Joshua Piker reveals an overview of why historians view history as a process; Different publication opportunities for historians and how publication fits within the process of history; And a look…
010 How Historians Write About History
Mar 30 • 36 min
In this episode, we explore how historians write about history with John Demos, the Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and an award-winning historian. During our conversation, John reveals what the new social and new narrative…
009 How to Organize Your Research
Mar 23 • 37 min
In this episode, Billy Smith, a Professor of History at Montana State University, leads us on an exploration of how historians organize and access their research. He uses his own research into the 70,000 people who lived in Philadelphia during the late…
008 How to Research History Online
Mar 16 • 46 min
Sharon Block, a Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine, serves as our guide through how historians conduct historical research online. During our exploration, Sharon reveals how the digital age has changed and added to the ways…
007 The History of History Writing
Mar 4 • 42 min
In this episode, Michael McDonnell, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of secondary historical sources and how historians use them to add to our knowledge about the past. Mike reveals who…
006 How Historians Read Historical Sources
Mar 2 • 41 min
What do historians do with historical sources when they find them? How do they read them for information about the past? Zara Anishanslin, an Assistant Professor of History at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, leads us on an exploration of how historians…
005 What Is a Historic Source
Feb 24 • 40 min
Historians research the past through historical sources. But what are the materials that tell historians about past peoples, places, and events? Find out with James Horn, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.
004 How Archives Work
Feb 17 • 45 min
Historians research history in archives. But how do you gain access to one? And how do you use an archive once you find that it likely contains the information you seek? Find out with archives expert Peter Drummey.
003 How Historians Research
Feb 10 • 37 min
How did enslaved African and African American women experience slavery? What were their daily lives like? And how do historians know as much as they do about enslaved women? Today, we explore the answers to these questions with Jennifer L. Morgan, a…
002 How Historians Find Their Research Topics
Feb 1 • 37 min
A look at how average, poor, and enslaved men and women lived their day-to-day lives in the early United States with historian Simon P. Newman.
001 Why Historians Study History
Jan 22 • 24 min
History is about people, but what do we know about the people behind history’s scenes? Who are the people who tell us what we know about our past? And how do they come to know what they know? This is the first episode in the Doing History series.