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 planning and construction of the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority trash incinerator during the 1970-1980s and the community activism againt its operation. More broadly, my research interests focus on urban history, deindustiralization, pollution and waste history, community activism and place-making, and urban renewal. My interests in Public History are exhibit design, museum education and programming, historic preservation, and oral history. 

Public History Projects

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

Public History Lab, Contributor (October 2013-present)

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)

Public History Internships

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)

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 (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)

Awards & Assistantships

American Historical Association, Summer Blogger, "Let's Talk Trash: From Crisis to Compost" (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)

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 History Honors Fraternity (2010)

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

Trustee Scholarship, Albion College (2008-2012)

Author: Chelsea Denault
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