The UALR Department of History has welcomed Dr. Charles Romney as the new coordinator of the Masters of Arts in Public History. Previously on faculty at Californiaâ€™s Whittier College.
â€śUALRâ€™s masters program in public history has a strong reputation that builds on the Universityâ€™s unique setting in Little Rock,â€ť said Romney, who holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Los Angeles. â€śLittle Rock offers a wide range of museums and archives unlike any other in the United States. The history department also contains a group of exceptional scholars working many different historical periods and areas of the world.â€ť
Before teaching at Whittier, Romney worked for several years in digital history and documentary film, mostly at the organization Clio Visualizing History.
â€śAt Clio, I was an historical consultant,â€ť said Romney. â€śI collaborated with different teams as an information architect and served on a documentary film funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the fiscal officer.â€ť
Romneyâ€™s work at Clio included documentaries concerning women and popular culture.
â€śThe most prominent of the films was â€śMiss America,â€ť a project for the Public Broadcasting Service,â€ť he Â said. â€śThe film also appeared on WGBHâ€™s series American Experience and at the Sundance Film Festival.â€ť
As for the UALR program, Romney is planning to add to its curriculum.
â€śIâ€™m excited to start work with my colleagues and graduate students in the public history program,â€ť he said. â€śIn particular, I look forward to expanding the program to include digital history, an emerging field that encompasses websites, short films, and digital oral histories.â€ť
Deborah Baldwin, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, said that the addition of Romney to the department is another step in making UALRâ€™s history program competitive in the state and surrounding areas.
â€śDr. Romneyâ€™s experience will benefit our students in learning how to preserve history through the new media,â€ť said Baldwin. â€śHis expertise in this area is cutting edge.â€ť
Currently, Romney is working on research comparing Americaâ€™s empire to European empires in the late 19th century.
â€śFor four years I taught Asian and African history at Whittier,â€ť he said. â€śThis new project in world history came out of my classroom teaching.â€ť
Romney can be reached at the Department of History at 501-569-3235.