Hope Shannon

Hope Shannon

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Program: Joint Doctoral Program in United States History and Public History

Research interests: Urban history, local history, humanities advocacy, public history

Email: hshannon1@luc.edu

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Find me on the web: Omnia HistoryLinked In, Twitter, Book website

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Ph.D. Candidate, United States History and Public History, 2020 (anticipated)
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: "Mobilizing the Past: Local History and Community Action in Modern Metropolitan Chicago"

M.A., History, 2012
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Thesis: "Urban Renewal and Local History in Two Boston Neighborhoods"

B.A., History and Archaeology, 2008
Boston University, Boston, MA

Archaeology Field School, Pompeii, Italy, Summer 2005
University of Bradford, Bradford, UK


Shannon, Hope. Amplified Oklahoma. Produced by the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University Library. The Oral History Review. https://doi.org/10.1093/ohr/ohz026.

Shannon, Hope. “5 (+1) Ways Small Cultural Organizations Can Generate Discussions About Voting Rights.” New England Museums Now 6, no. 1 (Spring 2019).

Shannon, Hope and Carol Kammen. "On Doing Local History: Local History, Politics, and the Public Good." History News 73, no. 1 (Winter 2018).

Hethmon, Hannah and Hope Shannon, eds. History News 73, no. 1 (Winter 2018). 

Shannon, Hope. “New Media at the Museum.” Catholic Library World 85, no. 4 (2015).

Shannon, Hope. Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press, 2014.


Shannon, Hope. “Why NIHO Deserves a Place in Every Local Historian’s Toolbox.” American Academy of Arts and Sciences Data Forum. February 20, 2019.

Shannon, Hope. “Dealing with Workplace Discrimination and Harassment at Small Public History Sites and Museums.” Gender Equity in Museums Movement. January 19, 2019. 

Awards and Honors

President's Medallion, Loyola University Chicago, 2019

Career Diversity Fellow, the American Historical Association and Loyola University Chicago, 2018-2020

Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 2018-2019 (declined)

Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 2018-2019 (declined)

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2013-2018 

Student Travel Award, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, April 2018

King V. Hostick Research Scholarship, Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Summer 2017

Regent's Award, Loyola University Chicago, 2016

Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education, inducted 2015

Research Assistantship with Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin Loyola University Chicago, Summer 2015, Summer 2014

Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, Fall 2014

Research Assistantship with Dr. Laura Prieto, Simmons College, Boston, MA, Spring 2012

Golden Trowel Award, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2008

Professional Experience

Executive Director, South End Historical Society, Boston, MA, 2009-2013

Public Historian, Boston, MA and Chicago, IL, 2007-present

  • Partner with local history institutions, museums, and other cultural organizations to build and manage strategic planning initiatives, fundraising campaigns, community outreach programs, digital tools, websites, social media presences, publicity campaigns, oral history programs, and evaluation systems, as well as to research and write walking tours, exhibitions, and original historical content.

Select projects include: 

Content Creator, Next Exit History, Summer 2016: Conducted research and wrote 20,000 words of new content for 43 historic sites in Chicago for the Next Exit History website and mobile application.

Interviewer, Visitor Evaluation Study for “RACE: Are We So Different?” at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL, December 2014 – January 2015: Conducted exit interviews with visitors to assess how the exhibition shifted their perceptions of race.

Website and Social Media Team Leader, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Chicago, IL, 2014 – 2017: Co-created Society website (rpwrhs.org), managed website and social media, created and distribute publicity materials, oversaw digital newsletter production and distribution.

Creator, “Pierre Jean De Smet’s Deerskin Coat” digital exhibit and video, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL, Spring 2014: Created, with Meagan McChesney and Samantha Smith, digital exhibit and video for the “Crossings and Dwellings” exhibition.

Creator, The South End Oral History Project, South End Historical Society, Boston, MA, 2011-2012: Designed oral history project and conducted and transcribed oral interviews.

Teaching Experience

Instructor/Teacher of Record, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Spring 2018: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present, with "Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791" Reacting to the Past component
  • Fall 2016: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present

Teaching Assistant, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Fall 2017: American Pluralism (with two discussion sections)
  • Spring 2017: Slavery and Abolition: Then and Now
  • Spring 2015: Western Civilization 1500 to the Present (with two discussion sections)
  • Spring 2014: Western Civilization to 1500
  • Fall 2013: Western Civilization to 1500

Conference Presentations

(Upcoming) “Public History and Gender Equity: A Long View of the Field,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2020

"Alumni Relations: Building a Historical Community," American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 2020

"Using Local History for Grassroots Change," for the "Effecting Social Change through the Humanities" session, National Humanities Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2018

"Communities First: Prioritizing Outreach at Small History Organizations," National Council on Public History Twitter Mini-Con: "(Re)active Public History," October 19, 2018

"How Can Shared Authority Work for You?" session, with Dr. Rachel Boyle, Association of Midwest Museums and Illinois Association of Museums Conference, Chicago, IL, July 20, 2018

"Local Historical Societies as Change-Makers: Past and Present," National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, April 20, 2018

“Chicago as a Model for Public History: Initiatives and Collaborations,” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017

“’A Neighborhood That Treasures Its Heritage’: Local History and Urban Change,” Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, IL, October 15, 2016

"Standing Up for History in the War on the Humanities" Working Group, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 18, 2016

“Using the Past: Historical Societies and Civic Engagement in Metropolitan Chicago,” Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, IL, September 25, 2015

“Using the Past: Historical Societies in Postwar Chicago," American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, September 18, 2015

"Jesuit History and Public History," Crossings and Dwellings Conference, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2014

"Urban Renewal and Local History in Two Boston Neighborhoods," Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, November 9, 2013

"Paul Revere in Boston's Memory," Louisiana State University History Graduate Student Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 24, 2012

Public Events and Talks

Chair, “Next Steps: Navigating Career Pathways with People Who’ve Been There” session, American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, September 7, 2017

“Making Exhibits: A Quick Guide,” for the Ramonat Seminar in American Catholic History and Culture, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 26, 2016

Chair, Emerging History Professionals Mentoring Roundtable, American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, September 15, 2016

First Annual South End Authors’ Book Festival, United South End Settlements, Boston, MA, November 16, 2015

“Presenting Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End” for the “South End Writes” author series, Boston Public Library South End Branch, Boston, MA, May 27, 2014

“Introducing Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End,” United South End Settlements, Boston, MA, May 16, 2014

"South End History" for the “Building Beantown: Exploring the Neighborhoods that Make Up the Hub” lecture series, Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA, February 23, 2012

For the South End Historical Society, Boston, MA

  • “Four Families and Their South End Rowhouse,” November 20, 2012
  • “South End History: An Overview,” February 16, 2012
  • “Christmas in New England,” December 15, 2010 
  • "The 1872 Great Fire of Boston," November 12, 2009


Member, National Council on Public History Board-Led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, 2019-present

Steering Committee Member, Gender Equity in Museums Movement, 2019-present

Graduate Programs Committee, Loyola University Chicago History Department, 2017-present

Editor, Urban History Association Newsletter, 2017-present

Chair, American Association for State and Local History Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community, 2015-2017

Vice-Chair, International Federation for Public History Student and New Professional Committee, 2014-2016

Board Member, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Chicago, IL, 2014-2016

Paper Judge, Chicago Metro History Fair, Chicago, IL, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Founding Member, Public History Lab, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013-present

History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL

  • Chair, Public History Lab, 2016-2017
  • Conference Commentator, 2016
  • President, 2015-2016
  • Treasurer, 2014-2015
  • Co-Chair, Conference Committee, 2014-2015
  • Contributor, The Lakefront Historian, 2014-present


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