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 helped produce documentaries including the 2003 Peabody Award-winning film “Tupperware!” She has curated exhibitions at BHS (most recently “Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn”), at New-York Historical Society, and at other institutions. She has also 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.
Currently Julie leads the curatorial team for a major, long-term exhibition, “Waterfront,” which will be housed in BHS’s new satellite museum, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, opening in 2017. She is also the co-host and co-producer of BHS's podcast Flatbush + Main.
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.