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Profile profile for FileneB

Benjamin Filene

Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs

Ph.D., Yale University (American Studies)
A.B., Brown University (history)

Research Specialties: 
  • American cultural history
  • Public history
  • Exhibition development and visitor engagement
  • Popular music and social change
  • Race and children’s literature
  • Editorial board member: Exhibition journal (2016-present)
  • Exhibition developer: Open House: If These Walls Could Talk (Minnesota History Center (open 2006-2020)
  • Editor: Tobe, A Critical Edition: New Views on a Children’s Classic (2019)
  • Co-editor: Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World (2011)
  • Author: Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music (2000)
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Helsinki, Finland (2019)
  • Seminar for Historical Administration graduate (2004) and faculty member (2010-2016)
Professional Affiliations: 
  • National Council on Public History (elected board member 2010-2013)
  • American Association for State and Local History
  • American Alliance of Museums