Department of History

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Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan
Instructor of Public History and Coordinator of the Internship Program
Degree: Ph.D., History, University of Leicester
Specialty: Nineteenth-Century US: Social History; Public History
Office: 213C Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8226


 Public History Program


I am a public historian, scholar of early American social history, and former archivist researching and writing about poverty, slavery, mobility, crime and punishment in the early American republic, as well as public historical and commemorative representations of these subjects. I am currently at work on projects relating to subsistence crime in early America, the Arch Street Prison, and public historical interpretations of poverty, class, and labor.



  • Research Analyst and Archivist, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives 
  • Contributing Member/University Partner, Humanities Action Lab
  • Contributing Author, National Council on Public History, Digital Media Group
  • Co-organizer and Planning Committee Member, Telling Untold Histories Unconference
  • Exhibitions Research Consultant, Department of Human History, National Museums of Northern Ireland
  • Public Programs Coordinator, Ephrata Public Library
  • Project Archivist, Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Project Archivist, Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley
  • Project Archivist, Pennsylvania Folklife Society Collection, Ursinus College


  • Public History: Theory, Method, and Practice
  • Public History Internship
  • New Jersey History


  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2017-2018
  • Digital Humanities Initiative Seed Grant, Rutgers University, 2017-2018
  • Prindle Institute Fellow, Prindle Institute for Ethics Seminar on Ethics and Epistemology in the Archives, Depauw University, 2016
  • Lord Baltimore Fellowship, Maryland Historical Society, 2015-2016
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Law Research Grant, University of Leicester, 2015
  • Peter Parish Memorial Award, Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians, 2014


  • National Council on Public History
  • International Federation for Public History
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Labor and Working Class History Association
  • American Society for Legal History

Upcoming Events

Fri Nov 15 @ 9:00AM - 02:30PM
Barbara Cooper: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Mon Nov 18 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Susana Molins Lliteras Talk
Tue Nov 19 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Susan Lamb: RCHA Seminar
Thu Nov 21 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Lisa Regazzoni: Center for European Studies
Fri Nov 22 @ 9:00AM - 02:30PM
Leslie Fishbein: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Fri Nov 22 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
GENDER/GENRE: Nineteenth-Century Symposium


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