Kathryn (Kate) Wilson has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her B.A. in History at Georgetown University. She has worked in public history since 1997, specifically directing community-oriented, K-12 education, and online projects as Director of Education and Interpretation at The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She joined the GSU faculty in 2008.
Dr. Wilson’s research interests lie in immigration/ethnic studies, public history, oral history, gender studies, and material culture. She has published on nineteenth-century women’s clothing practices, the representation of immigrants in public history and culture and the impact of ethnic and immigrant communities on the urban cultural landscape. Her book, Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place, and Struggle, [http://tupress.temple.edu/book/1347], was published by Temple University Press in 2015.
At GSU she teaches HIST 2110 US Survey, HIST 4225 Immigrants in America, HIST 4325 Introduction to Public History and Historic Preservation, HIST 4330/6920 Oral History, HIST 7040 Issues & Interpretations in Public History, HIST 8740 Material Culture, and HIST 8800 Directed Study in Public History. She is the primary advisor for all Masters of Heritage Preservation (MHP) students in the public history track.