Chelsea Denault

Chelsea Denault


Program: Joint Doctoral Program in Public History & American History


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Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (2012-present)

  • MA/PhD, Joint Doctoral Program in Public History and American History

Albion College, Albion, MA (2008-2012)

  • BA, History, summa cum laude
  • Double minor: Public Policy and American Literature

Newberry Library Seminar for Research in the Humanities, 2010

Research Interests

My interests, in great part, reflect my time growing up in the city of Detroit. My dissertation examines the building of the Detroit trash incinerator during the 1980s and the community activism againt its operation. More broadly, my research focuses on urban history, deindustiralization, pollution and waste history, community activism and place-making, urban renewal, and the history of food and beer. My interests in Public History are exhibition design, museum education and programming, historic preservation, and oral history. 

Public History Projects

Chrysler Village History Project, Co-creator (January 2015-present)

Rogers Park-West Ridge Historical Society, Outreach & Media Committees (October 2013-present)

Public History Lab, Contributor (October 2013-present)

Chicago Cultural Alliance Community Collections Project, Contributor (August 2014-December 2014)

Loyola University Chicago Crossings & Dwellings Exhibition, Digital Media Contributor (January 2014-May 2014)

Loyola University Chicago Jesuit Libraries Project, Research Assistant (August 2013-December 2013)

Landmarks Illinois, Website Contributor & Volunteer (March 2013-August 2014)

Chicago Community Trust Oral History Project, Research Assistant & Interviewer (January 2013-June 2013)

Chrysler Village Historic District National Register Nomination, Co-Nominator (January 2013-February 2014)

Illinois Women's Suffrage Centennial Exhibition Project, Exhibition Development Assistant (January 2013-May 2013)

Loyola University Chicago Stricth School of Medicine Oral History Project, Interviewer (August 2012-December 2012)

Public History Internships

Chicago Archdiocese Archives & Records Center, Archives & Oral History Intern (May 2016-August 2016)

Pritzker Military Museum & Library, World War I Centenntial Marketing Intern (May 2016-August 2016)

Nantucket Historical Association, Public Programs Intern (May 2013-August 2013)

The Henry Ford, Simmons Graduate Intern in Education (May 2012-August 2012)

Newberry Library, Public Programs Intern (August 2010-December 2010)

Faifield Foundation, Archeology Field & Lab Intern (May 2009-June 2009)

Service & Volunteer Experience

Loyola University Chicago Graduate, Professional, and Adult Council (GPAC), GSAC Representative (2015-2016)

Loyola University Chicago Graduate School Advisory Council (GSAC), History Department Representative (2014-2016)

Landmarks Illinois, Website Contributor and Office Assistant (March 2013-present)

Chicago Metro History Fair, Office Assistant and Research Paper Judge (2013-2015)

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association, Public History Committee Chair (2013-2014)

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association, Professionalization Committee (2012-2014)

Awards & Fellowships

Research Assistantship with Dr. Elliott Gorn, Loyola University Chicago (January 2015-May 2015, January 2016-May 2016)

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago (2012-2016)

Outstanding Research Paper in the Humanities, Associated Colleges of the Midwest (2012)

Phi Beta Kappa (2012)

Gilder Lehrman Summer History Fellow (2011)

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Fraternity (2010)

Newberry Library Junior Fellow, Associated Colleges of the Midwest (2010)

Trustee Scholarship, Albion College (2008-2012)

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