The Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community

The AASLH Emerging History Professionals (EHP) Affinity Community supports, connects, and unites the newest generation of state and local history practitioners.

What is an Emerging History Professional?

Anyone in the early stages of a public history career is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who feel that they would benefit from the support offered by this affinity community. We are a new affinity community looking for members and would love for you to get involved!


Our goals include providing support and professional development opportunities for emerging history professionals and creating and maintaining physical and digital spaces where EHPs can meet, discuss ideas, and network. To achieve these goals, we plan to arrange mentoring sessions between EHPs and experienced professionals, offer CV and interview advice, organize networking opportunities, schedule experiential and problem-solving sessions at the annual conferences, and encourage the building of friendships among EHPs.


The AASLH Emerging History Professionals Community is run by the following committee (with term lenght):


Lauren O’Brien (2016-2018)
PhD Student, Rutgers University-Newark


Austin Bell (2015-2019)
Curator of Collections, Marco Island Historical Society, Florida

Brian Failing (2015-2019)
Executive Director, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Illinois

Jessica Holler (2015-2019)
Graduate Student, Western Kentucky University
Completing a PhD at University of Pennsylvania

Julia Kennedy (2016-2018)
Marketing and Audience Development, Museum Hack, Virginia

Monica Moncada (2016-2018)
Education and Admissions Assistant, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, California

Ethan Morris (2015-2019)
Graduate Student, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee

Eliza Newland (2015-2019)
Program Assistant, Watts Museum, West Virginia University

Marie Pellissier (2017-2019)
Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois

Chloe Dye Sherpe (2017-2019)
Office Assistant, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Ibrahima Sow (2017-2019)
Coordinator, Community Engagement, Ohio History Connection

Jennifer Torres (2017-2019)
Collections Technician, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, Maryland

Casey Wooster (2017-2019)
Graduate Student, University of Florida

AASLH Staff Contact

Natalie Flammia

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