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Carol Berkin, the lead scholar on the Institute, is one of the country’s leading early American and women’s historians. Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University where she won the Bancroft Dissertation Award. She is Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY.
She has written and edited numerous books and articles on a wide variety of topics. Selected publications include: First Generations: Women of Colonial America (1996), A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution (2001), Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2004), and Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009). She is also co-author of the two-volume textbook Making America: A History of the United States, which is now in its seventh edition.
Professor Berkin has worked as a consultant on several PBS and History Channel documentaries, including, The “Scottsboro Boys,” which was nominated for an Academy Award as the best documentary of 2000. She has also appeared as a commentator on screen in the PBS series by Ric Burns, “New York,” the Middlemarch series "Benjamin Franklin" and "Alexander Hamilton" on PBS, and the MPH series, “The Founding Fathers.” She serves on the Scholar Board of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for which she has led numerous teacher institutes, the Board of the Society of New York Historians, and the Advisory Board for the New-York Historical Society Women’s Center.
Mia Nagawiecki is the Director of Education at the New-York Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Barnard College and an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University. She is responsible for the pedagogical aspects of the Institute, including integrating the scholarship into teachers’ practice, primary source workshops, and participants’ curricular projects.
Nagawiecki has led dozens of workshops and institutes for K-12 and college educators in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. A frequent presenter at national social studies and history education conferences, including the National Council for History Education, Nagawiecki develops effective teaching strategies that bring primary sources into the classroom and foster the development of critical thinking skills.
Relevant to this initiative in particular, Nagawiecki has designed and led Professional-Credit courses (credit-bearing courses for teachers in the New York City Department of Education) for the past several years, including “New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War,” and “The American Musicals Project,” which uses musical clips and primary sources to investigate historiography and the evolution of the definition of citizenship in America from the Declaration of Independence through the 1950s. Nagawiecki contributes to the developm
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