Chelsea Denault

Chelsea Denault


Program: Joint Doctoral Program in Public History & American History


Faculty Advisor: Elliott Gorn

Research Interests: Public History, Urban History, Environmental History

Networking & Social Media: Find me on Twitter and LinkedIn


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

  • MA/PhD, Joint Doctoral Program in Public History and American History
  • Dissertation: "'An Environmental Sleight of Hand:' Trash, Activism, and Urban Development in Detroit, 1973-1990"

Albion College, Albion, MI (2008-2012)

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

Newberry Library Seminar for Research in the Humanities, 2010

Professional Experience

Landmarks IllinoisDriehaus Preservation Awards & World War I Monument Intern (April 2017-September 2017)

Chicago Archdiocese Archives & Records Center, Processing & Research Intern (May 2016-present)

Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryWorld 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)

Public History Projects

Chicago Elections Project, Researcher, May 2018-present

WTTW "10 That Changed America with Geoffrey Baer," Researcher (January 2018-April 2018)

Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Content Writer & Editor (January 2017-present)

Chrysler Village History ProjectCo-creator (January 2015-September 2016)

Mapping Inequality, Researcher, (September 2015-December 2016)

Public History Lab, Co-Creator & Contributor (October 2013-September 2017)

Rogers Park-West Ridge Historical Society, Outreach & Media Committees (October 2013-August 2016)

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)

Teaching Experience

Instructor/Teacher of Record, Loyola University Chicago

  • Fall 2015: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University Chicago

  • Fall 2014: Western Civilization to 1500
  • Spring 2014: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present
  • Fall 2013: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present
  • Spring 2013: Global History
  • Fall 2012: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present

Publications & Presentations

"'We ALL Live Downwind': The Detroit Trash Incinerator and the Battle for Community-Centered Development," Midwestern History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (May 2019)

“Perspectives on Internships for History PhDs,” American Historical Association, Chicago, IL (January 2019)

American Historical Association, Perspectives Daily Summer Columnist, (Summer 2018)

"Telling Histories of Radicalism in Less-Than Radical Places,” National Council on Public History, Indianapolis, IN (April 2017)

"Chrysler Village History Project: From Historic Preservation to Community Engagement,” American Association for State and Local History, Detroit, MI (September 2015)

"‘Destroy What Destroys You!’: Trash Incineration and Grassroots Environmental Politics in Detroit,” Loyola History Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2015)

"Raising a Big Stink: Urban Space, Energy Conflict, and the Detroit Incinerator,” Loyola History Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2014)

"‘The Spirited Will Act’: The Tradition of Collective Action in Pre-Revolutionary-Boston,” Loyola History Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2013)

Awards & Assistantships

Spirit of Laudato Si' Sustainability in Learning Award, Loyola University Chicago (2019)

American Historical Association, Perspectives Daily Summer Columnist (2018)

Institute for Environmental Sustanability Graduate Assistanship, Loyola University Chicago (2017-2019)

Summer Research Assistantship with Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University Chicago (2017)

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Award of Merit, Chrysler Village History Project (2017)

National Council on Public History (NCPH) Student Project Award, Chrysler Village History Project (2017)

Alpha Sigma Nu, National Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education (2016)

Research Assistantship with Dr. Elliott Gorn, Loyola University Chicago (2015 & 2016)

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago (2012-2017)

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, National History Honors Society (2010)

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

Trustee Scholarship, Albion College (2008-2012)


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 (2013)

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)

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