Public History

In 2018 I received the Herbert Feis award from the American Historical Association for distinguished contributions to public history.

Not Even Past:  Editor

Not Even Past was founded in 2010 and developed by the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin in order to bring great history writing to the public.  The History faculty and graduate students at UT Austin are committed to making our research available and accessible to everyone interested in History.

15 Minute History: Co-Editor and Host (with Christopher Rose)
A podcast series for educators, students, and history buffs.

Thinking in PublicEditor
A new website for promoting and tracking all public scholarship projects at UT Austin.

Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower ShootingEditor
A website produced by the graduate students in the  Public History Seminar, 2017.

The Public Archive: Doing History Online and in Public
Websites produced by the graduate students in the Public & Digital History Seminar, 2018



Slate: The Vault

starewisz bugs

Early Stop-Motion Animation Starring Dead Bugs,” April 15, 2013.

Scoping Sergei Eisenstein’s Bookshelves,” March 29, 2013.

This 1922 Kodachrome Test Footage is Strangely Bewitching,” February 8, 2013.


Not Even Past 


Films on Migration, Exile, and Forced Displacement

Digital Learning: Starting From Scratch

Digital Dividends”

Public and Digital: Doing History Now

History Museums, The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful

Notes From the Field: Trinity College, Cambridge and the Accidents of Research


Passover, 1934: An American Jewish Story,” April 15, 2014


It’s a Wide Road that Leads to War,” April 10, 2014

Fools and Kings,” April 1, 2014

World War I: Teaching at the Museum,” April 2, 2014

Braided History,” October 14, 2013.


Digital History, A Primer: (Part 2),” April 15, 2013.

Digital History, A Primer (Part 1),” April 1, 2013.

From the Editor: On the Report by the National Association of Scholars About US History at UT,” January 13, 2013

Napoleon in Russia,” October 19, 2012

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot,” September 30, 2012

The Threat of Violence Comes Home to UT,” September 14, 2012

Black Amateur Photography,” February 27, 2012

The Flu Epidemic, 1918-19,” February 21, 2012

African American History Online,” February 14, 2012

Telling Stories, Writing History,” November 14, 2011

On Veterans Day: War Photos,” November 11, 2011

I am Twenty,” November 11, 2011

Looking at World War II,” September 26, September 29, 2011

Flickers of the Past,” August 27, 2011


Russian History Blog

The Stalin Cult: More (and More Clearly) on Thinking VisuallyRussian History Blog, April 4, 2012.
The Stalin Cult: Painting and Socialist Realism,” Russian History Blog, March 30, 2012.

Alexander Gerasimov, Joseph Stalin and Kliment Voroshilov in Kremlin, 1938