Libby Haight O'Connell, Ph.D.

Libby Haight O'Connell, Ph.D.

NMAH Board Alumnus; Cultural Historian

Libby O’Connell formerly oversaw corporate and educational outreach for A+E Networks, including History Channel, A&E, H2, and FYI, and served as Chief Historian for History Channel. Dr. O’Connell produced on site films for organizations such as the Smithsonian, Ellis Island, and Gettysburg, which History donates as part of its commitment to corporate citizenship. Dr. O’Connell developed Mission to Honor: the Veterans Campaign and Save Our History, two corporate initiatives that have been recognized by the White House as well as the Mayor’s Office for City of New York. She has received three EMMYS for her work in television, and appears on national TV as a guest commentator. Dr. O'Connell received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia after graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude. She currently serves on several boards including the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and National History Day. In 2013, the White House appointed her as a commissioner on the National World War I Centennial Commission.  Dr. O'Connell is also the author of The American Plate: A History of the United States in 100 Bites, published in November, 2014.