Julie Golia is a historian of media and gender, an acclaimed curator, and an award-winning educator. She aims to break down walls between the practices of academic and public history, and to make critical themes of the field accessible and relevant to diverse audiences. Currently, she is the Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS).
Julie received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she studied with Alice Kessler-Harris. She is currently finishing her book, a cultural history of newspaper advice columns in early twentieth-century America.
Julie has curated several major exhibitions at BHS, most recently "Waterfront," which covers 20,000 years of history along Brooklyn's coastline and is housed in BHS’s new satellite museum, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. She has also curated exhibitions at New-York Historical Society, Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and other institutions.
Julie is the co-host and co-producer of BHS's podcast Flatbush + Main. She has spearheaded important digital projects, including An American Family Grows in Brooklyn: The Lefferts Family Papers, and Brooklyn Waterfront History, a partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park. Julie has also helped produce documentary films, including the 2003 Peabody Award-winning film “Tupperware!”
From 2011 to 2014, Julie co-directed Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA), a U.S. Department of Education-funded post-secondary educational program that has introduced document analysis and archival research to over 1,100 first-year students from local universities. She is the co-founder and editor of TeachArchives.org, a robust educational website that brings innovative teaching exercises and articles on pedagogy to a national audience.