The Team

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Dr. Kelly Schrum is the Director of Educational Projects at CHNM, Associate Professor in the Higher Education Program at George Mason University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of History and Art History. Schrum received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls’ Culture, 1920-1950 (2004; paperback 2006). Other publications include U.S. History Matters: A Student Guide to History Online (co-authored, 2004; 2nd ed 2008), World History Matters: A Student Guide to History Online (co-authored, 2008) and “‘Teena Means Business’: Teenage Girls’ Culture and Seventeen Magazine, 1944-1950,” in Delinquent Daughters: Twentieth-Century American Girls’ Culture. Schrum is Director of and numerous other history education websites, including Children and Youth in History, Making the History of 1989, World History Sources andWomen in World History. She is associate director of History Matters.

Celeste Tường Vy Sharpe is a PhD Candidate in history and art history at George Mason University. Her primary research interest is in the role of visual culture in constructing social identities. Her dissertation, titled “They Need You!: Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945-1980,” examines how charitable organizations, disabled children and their families, and the public understood and shaped ideas about disability, identity, philanthropy, family, and the nation after WWII. Celeste has been a teaching assistant at George Mason, and has spent the last several years as a research assistant in the education division of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She teaches online professional development courses, Virginia Studies and Hidden in Plain Sight, for K-12 educators.

Nate Sleeter is a PhD candidate in history at George Mason University and graduate research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His dissertation focuses on the cultural history of giftedness. He teaches the online courses Virginia Studies and Hidden in Plain Sight.

James McCartney is a senior software developer at CHNM specializing in web-based content management systems and lead developer for and Sea of Liberty. He is experienced in web software analysis and design, including browser-supported programing languages JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, PHP software development, and relational database architecture. He has worked extensively with Drupal and WordPress. He holds a BS in computer information systems from Missouri State University and an MS in applied information technology from Mason. McCartney will serve as Lead Developer on Teaching Hidden History.

Joo Ah Lee is an assistant web-developer at CHNM with a focus in implementing design and has worked on projects such as Child Custody Project and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Education’s Understanding Sacrifice. She has experience in web-related languages such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and PHP, and has worked with both WordPress and Drupal. She is currently working on her BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Design at George Mason University. Lee will provide support as the Assistant Developer on Teaching Hidden History.

Dr. Anthony Pellegrino is a former high school social studies teacher and school administrator, Pellegrino is currently assistant professor of history and social studies education at Mason’s College of Education and Human Development and an affiliated faculty member at CHNM. In 2012, he published Let the Music Play! Harnessing the Power of Music in the Social Studies Classroom (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press). He has published widely in journals including Action in Teacher Education, The Social Studies, and The History Teacher on facilitating historical thinking and employing primary sources in secondary social studies. In 2012, he published “Historical Thinking through Classroom Simulation: 1919 Paris Peace Conference” in The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas. Pellegrino has presented at the International Society for the Social Studies, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Educational Research Association on diverse topics such as incorporating poetry, music, film, and role-playing into social studies classrooms. He holds a B.A.E. from Flagler College, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Pellegrino will direct the assessment of learning in Teaching Hidden History with the goal of developing lessons learned for similar hybrid courses in the humanities.




Dr. Mark V. Barrow, Jr. is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Tech and an affiliated faculty member with the Science and Technology in Society Department. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of the history of biology (especially natural history and conservation biology), environmental history, and cultural history, particularly in the American context.  His first book, A Passion for Birds: American Ornithology after Audubon (Princeton University Press, 1998), won the Forum for the History of Science in America Book Prize and was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book.  His second book, Nature’s Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology (University of Chicago Press, 2009), examines how naturalists have engaged with the issue of wildlife extinction in the two centuries leading up to the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  This historically sweeping look at the history of conservation biology was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and was awarded the Susan Abrahms Prize from the University of Chicago Press and the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.  He is currently working on a cultural and environmental history of the American alligator, a charismatic predator that we have thought about and interacted with in a variety of often contradictory ways.  In the realm of digital humanities, he was part of a team that received NEH funding to create the Digital History Reader.

Regan Shelton is an instructor at Virginia Tech and also works for the Library of Virginia as a contract archivist. She currently teaches online classes in the History of the American South as well as traditional courses in U.S. and Appalachian History.