About

Doing History is the new digital home for my thoughts on, and participation in, public history.

I’m an assistant professor of history at Boise State University, hired to teach U.S., gender, and public history.  My research interests encompass women’s participation in the natural sciences as curators in natural history institutions between 1880 and 1960, as well as Californian women gardeners’ and women botanists’ contributions to the public understanding of science during the 20th century.

I joined the faculty at Boise State in fall 2010.  Prior to my arrival at Boise State, I taught museum studies at John F. Kennedy University and served as an academic technologist and then teaching consultant at the University of California Davis.  Over the years, I’ve worked in development communications, exhibition development, pre-K through grade 6 classroom outreach, program evaluation, print journalism, educational publishing, and arts marketing.  I hold a B.A. in English from Grinnell College, an M.A. in English/creative writing from UC Davis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural studies from UC Davis.

I hope you’ll leave comments here, or send me e-mail at lesliemadsen-brooks -at- boisestate -dot- edu; I value conversation.

Leslie Madsen-Brooks

Please note: My opinions here are mine alone, and do not represent those of my employer.

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