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Fall 2015

Scott Hall 316

Office Hours: Tuesday 10am to 3pm or by appointment

Joseph K Whitson

American Studies . 104 Scott Hall 72 Pleasant St SE

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Joe Whitson is interested in how public history intersects with environmental studies and American Indian studies, specifically how public history can be used to influence social memory and develop policy. He is currently working with the Minnesota Historical Society to develop and execute public programming at the James J. Hill House and is a co-leader of the Heritage Studies and Public History Graduate Group.

Educational Background

  • B.A.: History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012.
  • B.A.: Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012.


  • Class of 1889 Memorial Paper Prize, University of Minnesota Department of History, for "Overcoming the Racial Divide: Folk Music and the Roots of Unionization in the Southern Appalachians"
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