Curriculum Vitae



Columbia University, New York, NY

Ph.D., United States History, October 2010
Dissertation Title: “Advising America: Advice Columns and the Modern American Newspaper, 1895-1955”
Advisor: Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History
Committee Members: Casey Blake, Eric Foner, Jennifer Scanlon, and Andie Tucher

 M.Phil., United States History, May 2006
Major Field: United States History; Minor Field: Gender and American Literature

 M.A., United States History, May 2004
Masters Thesis: “Southern Daughters, Up North: The New York Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Creation of New York’s Southern Community, 1865-1921”

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

B.A., History and Film, Summa Cum Laude, Honors Program, May 2001
Scholar of the College Thesis: “Right Wing Reformers: the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women, 1910-1920”


Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Vice President for Curatorial Affairs and Collections, November 2018 to present
Director of Public History, February 2014 to November 2018
Public Historian, March 2011 to February 2014
Oversee exhibitions, collections, public history projects, as well as the institution’s historical content and interpretation across departments  

  • Plan, direct, and execute multi-departmental public and oral history projects in conjunction with library and archives, education, and public programming departments

  • Curate physical and digital exhibitions on topics of Brooklyn, New York, and American history

  • Oversee the stewardship and cultivation of BHS’s collections, including library and archives, art and artifacts, and oral history

  • Plan and manage departmental budget

  • Collaborate with advancement staff to cultivate individual, corporate, and foundation funders; write grants for exhibitions, collections, public history projects, and oral history projects

  • Co-produce and co-host BHS’s podcast, Flatbush + Main

  • Research and write online curriculum guides for K-12 and postsecondary audiences

  • Conceive and execute local partnerships with external cultural and educational organizations

  • Design, write, and give regular public presentations and walking tours on Brooklyn history and BHS collections for the public, students, potential funders, corporate groups, and local community groups

  • Communicate with press on historical topics and institutional projects

  • Manage department and project budgets

  • Supervise twelve staff members

  • Serve as liaison between the scholarly community and BHS

Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Co-Director, Students and Faculty in the Archives, March 2011 to February 2014. Designed and ran Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA), a three-year, U.S. Department of Education FIPSE-funded postsecondary project. Co-founded and edited, an educational resource resulting from the SAFA project that features sample exercises, articles, best practices, and documentation on teaching students in the archives.

  • Managed $750,000 FIPSE budget, providing regular reports to fundersCreated program structure, policies, workflow, and procedures for scheduling and collection useConceived and disseminated innovative in-archives teaching philosophy

  • Connected participating faculty with BHS collections

  • Facilitated over 1,100 student during 100+ archives visits

  • Designed and ran annual week-long Summer Institutes training faculty to teach with primary sources

  • Conceived, designed, and implemented multi-course, multi-institution blogging system

  • Made regular presentations on the project at conferences and universities

  • Liaised with National Partners from institutions outside New York City to disseminate findings and implement similar programs across the country|

  • Collaborated with independent evaluators and worked with development on fundraising initiatives

  • Conceived and ran annual full-time summer fellowship for select undergraduates, resulting in independent student research projects and a student-staff-curated exhibit

  • Conceived, edited, and project managed the creation of

 New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Assistant Historian for Special Projects, January 2010 to May 2011.  Project curator for New York Rising, the Historical Society’s new permanent exhibition, which opened November 2011. The exhibit features the Society’s most iconic objects in a grand salon-style wall and employs a cutting-edge, non-linear, multimedia installation to tell the overlapping stories of New York in the Early Republic.

  • Oversaw all research and wrote exhibition text, which included over 500 pages of content for rich multimedia installation

  • Coordinated with several museums and archives

  • Liaised with exhibitions, art curatorial, and multimedia design teams

  • Offered regular presentations on the progress of the project to staff, board, advisors, and funders

  • Helped conceive and design mobile app “New York & the Nation

Big Onion Walking Tours, New York, NY

Licensed New York City Tour Guide, March 2007 to present, specializing in the social and cultural history of New York City.  Walking tours led include “Immigrant New York,” “The Financial District,” “Chinatown,” “Greenwich Village,” “Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights,” and “Fort Greene.”

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY

Assistant Curator, November 2007 to March 2008. In partnership with RBML archivist, conceived, researched, designed, and implemented 1968: Columbia In Crisis, an exhibition that analyzed the circumstances and the legacies of the 1968 student occupation of Columbia University’s campus.

New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Research Assistant, May 2007 to May 2008. Conducted research at N-YHS, Columbia University, and New York Public Libraries for Grant and Lee in War and Peace, French Founding Father: Lafayette’s Return to Washington’s America, and other exhibitions.                 

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY

Provost’s Graduate Student Fellow, Summer 2006.  Gained expertise in the library’s holdings by researching and writing a series of articles on the social, cultural, political, and institutional history of Columbia University. 

Blueberry Hill Productions, Watertown, MA

Production Assistant and Assistant Editor for the Peabody Award-winning documentary Tupperware!, September 2001 to August 2003. Aired on the 2003-2004 season of PBS’s American Experience. 

  • Researched potential interviewees and conducted pre-interviews

  • Conducted historical and film research in various archives

  • Arranged travel and accommodations for all production trips

  • Created and maintained FileMaker Pro image and interview databases

  • Assisted in editing using the AVID editing program

  • Fundraised through outreach to potential donors across the country

  • Co-wrote PBS website content.

Connecticut Public Television, Hartford, CT

Production Assistant, Summer 2001. Conducted research and aided in production and postproduction on Connecticut and Its Cities, an independent documentary charting the history of Connecticut cities.


Curator, Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health, BHS exhibition (opens May 2019)

Curator, Waterfront, BHS DUMBO, permanent exhibition (January 2018 – January 2022)

Co-host and co-producer, Brooklyn Historical Society podcast (monthly; launched April 2016)

Curator, Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn, Brooklyn Historical Society exhibition (April 9, 2015 – July 10, 2016)

Project director and co-writer, Brooklyn Waterfront History, website accompanying historical signage in Brooklyn Bridge Park (launched April 2014)

Project director and editor, This is Brooklyn, Brooklyn Historical Society introductory tour (launched February 2014)

Curator, The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863-2013, Brooklyn Historical Society exhibition (November 2013 – February 2019)

Content supervisor, In Pursuit of Freedom, Brooklyn Historical Society exhibition (November 2013 – February 2019)

Co-curator and staff supervisor, Exploring the Journals of Gabriel Furman, Brooklyn Historical Society student and staff-curated exhibition (August 2012 – August 2013)

Co-author, “Exploring Pre-Revolutionary New York: The Ratzer Map,” Brooklyn Historical Society educational curriculum (launched June 2012)

Curator, An American Family Grows in Brooklyn: The Lefferts Family Papers at Brooklyn Historical Societydigital exhibition (launched December 2011)

Co-curator, New York Rising, New-York Historical Society, New-York Historical Society permanent exhibition (November 2011 – October 2018)

Assistant Curator, 1968: Columbia in Crisis, Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibition (March 2008 – March 2009)

Production Assistant and Assistant Editor, Tupperware!, documentary film (premiered on PBS’s American Experience in February 2004)


Golia, Julie A. “Courting Women, Courting Advertisers: The Woman’s Page and the Transformation of the American Newspaper, 1895-1935.” Journal of American History Vol. 103, No. 3 (December 2016), 606-628. 

Golia, Julie A. "Phillips, Pauline." American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Golia, Julie and Robin M. Katz. “A New Way to Teach in the Archives.” Archival Outlook (May/June 2014).

Golia, Julie and Robin M. Katz. “Finding Hidden Personal Stories in Legal and Financial Records.” In Anne Bahde et al, eds. Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises. Englewood, CO: Libraries International, 2014.


Dear Reader, Dear America: Advice Columns and Virtual Communities in a Pre-Internet Age (book manuscript under review).


Founder and Co-Editor,, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Founded and co-edited, a robust educational resource that lays out a pioneering approach to teaching document analysis to students in the archives. The site features an innovative teaching philosophy, classroom-tested sample exercises, best practices for crafting in-archives student exercises or designing similar programs, and extensive documentation of Students and Faculty in the Archives, the three-year project that led to this website.

  • Conceived website concept, content, and organization

  • Oversaw all content development and design

  • Co-wrote articles, best practices, and project documentation materials

  • Managed the work of sixteen contributors and edited all submitted content

  • Regularly present and offer workshops on the philosophy, best practices, and educational project design.

Co-Director, Students and Faculty in the Archives, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, March 2011-February 2014

Designed and ran Brooklyn Historical Society’s landmark post-secondary education project, Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA), which partnered with eighteen faculty from three Brooklyn colleges to develop primary source-based curricula that instills research and critical thinking skills in early undergraduates. 

  • Collaborated with an interdisciplinary group of local faculty to identify primary sources and develop syllabi and primary source exercises

  • Conceived, organized, and ran multiple faculty development workshops and a five-week student summer fellowship

  • Facilitated 1,100 students during over 100 visits.

Spring 2013: helped design 15 courses; facilitating 25 class visits at BHS
Fall 2012: helped design 14 courses, facilitated 24 class visits at BHS
Spring 2012: helped design 14 courses, facilitated 22 class visits at BHS
Fall 2011: helped design 15 courses; facilitated 41 class visits at BHS

Teaching Fellow, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Led weekly discussion sections covering course materials, lectures, and readings

  • Led paper-writing workshops; helped students improve writing and critical thinking skills

  • Guest lectured

  • Graded papers and exams for seven undergraduate lecture courses under the auspices of the following teaching fellowships.

Institute for Research on Women and Gender Teaching Fellow, Fall 2008

Professors Alice Kessler-Harris and Neferti Tadiar, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

 Hofstadter Teaching Fellow, September 2004-May 2007

Professor Sarah Phillips, United States, 1900-1940, Spring 2007
Professor Emma Winter, Britain, 1760-1867, Fall 2006
Professor Alan Brinkley, America since 1945, Fall 2005
Professor Eric Foner, The Radical Tradition in America, Spring 2005; The United States in the Era of Slavery and Jacksonian Democracy, Spring 2006
Professor Ellen Baker, American Workers in the Twentieth Century, Fall 2004


Julie Golia, “Coffee: A Caffeinated History." Panelist, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, April 26, 2018. 

Julie Golia, “Making Waterfront,” St. Francis College Early American History series, Brooklyn, NY, March 27, 2018.

Julie Golia, "Woman Suffrage Turns 100." Moderator of three-part program series featuring guest speakers including historian Deborah Gray White, politician Christine Quinn, and activist Jamia Wilson. Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, November 1, 6, 8, 2017.

Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, “Civic Responsibility Then and Now: A View from the Archives.” Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, January 11, 2017.

Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, “Podcasters and Propagandists,” panelist, Interference Archives, Brooklyn, NY, October 10, 2016.

"Seeking Gender in the Archives." Featured speaker and instructor at Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Abolition and Woman Suffrage, 1830s-1920s, NEH Summer Institute, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, July 20, 2016.

"Locating African-American Histories in the BHS Archives." Half-day workshop for Columbia University's Institute for Research in African-American Studies Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, July 14, 2016.

"Brooklyn's Civil War." Keynote speakers at Professional Development Workshop, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, March 21, 2016.

“Neighborhood Spotlight: The Evolution of the Upper East Side and DUMBO.” Panelist, 92Y, New York, NY, January 27, 2016.

“Tales from the Vault: War Correspondence.” Co-speaker, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, November 11, 2015.

“Gendering Brooklyn: Teaching about Women and Gender in Brooklyn Historical Society’s Archives.” Keynote Speaker, NYC Department of Education Social Studies Professional Development Workshop, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, November 9, 2015.

"Lost, Found, and Stewarded: Collecting Stories of African American Civil War Soldiers." Panelist, Brooklyn Historical Society, September 30, 2015.

"Teachers' Lounge with Julie Golia." Workshop at To Search: Investigations of the Virtual and Material Lives of Objects, RISD Museum and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University, September 26, 2015.

“Curating Brooklyn’s Civil War.” Keynote speaker at the Seminar on Archival and Historical Research, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY, May 19, 2015.

“An American Family Grows in Brooklyn.” Presented at Dutch Colonial Brooklyn: An Intimate Glimpse Brooklyn Historical Society, New York, NY, April 8, 2015. 

“Why to Bring Students to the Archives (and How)” and “Designing an Effective Instruction Program.” Lecture and workshop as part of a National Speakers Series. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 30-31, 2015.

Historians in Conversation Series, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, 2013-present

  • Gateway to Freedom: Eric Foner and Julie Golia in Conversation,” February 17, 2015.

  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross: Chris Brown and Julie Golia in Conversation,” December 9, 2014.

  • The Empire of Necessity: Greg Grandin and Julie Golia in Conversation,” May 28, 2014.

  • “The Emancipation Proclamation: Eric Foner and Julie Golia in Conversation,” December 4, 2013.

"Telling Brooklyn's Waterfront History." Satellite Magazine Cities + event, Brooklyn, NY, July 8, 2015.

“Introducing” New-York Historical Society, New York, NY, May 6, 2014

“Students and Faculty in the Archives.” Full-day professional development workshop, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, May 1, 2014.

“Students and Faculty in the Archives Faculty Workshop.” Full-day professional development workshop, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 7, 2013.

“Public Health, Past and Present: Stories from Brooklyn Historical Society.” Co-presented with Robin M. Katz. Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, September 12, 2011 and September 19, 2012.

“Walking the History of the Brooklyn Bridge.” Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy walking tour, Brooklyn, NY, July 20, 2011 and June 27, 2012. 

“Farm, Suburb, City, Borough: Brooklyn Transformed.” 92Y Tribeca, New York, NY, March 7, 2012. 

“An American Family Grows in Brooklyn.” Community Board 2 Meeting, Brooklyn, NY, April 11, 2012.

“From Earplugs to Warships: Exploring the History of Business in Brooklyn.” Co-presented with Elizabeth Call.  Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, December 1, 2011.

“Gendered Ways of Seeing.” Guest lecturer for “Introduction to Women Studies,” Alice Kessler-Harris and Neferti Tadiar, professors. Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 2008.

“Modern Feminism, Suffrage, and the New Woman.”  Guest lecturer for “United States, 1900-1940,” Sarah Phillips, professor.  Department of History, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 2007.

 “The Potential and Perils of Historical Documentary.” History Department Teaching Symposium, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2006.

Tupperware! Documenting Working Women.” MOXIE: The Feminist Club of the New School University, New York, NY, January 2004.

"Making Tupperware!: Film and History." History Department Student-Faculty Symposium, Columbia University, New York, NY, November 2003.


“Sustaining Scholarship: A Roundtable on Research Life Outside the Academy,” Roundtable, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 4, 2019.

“History, Present, and Future in Waterfront,” Keynote, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center Annual Conference, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY April 20, 2018.

“Podcasting: History's Future in the Digital Age?” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA, April 14, 2018.

“Getting it Right in the Archives: Best Practices for Archives-Based Student Learning.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 9, 2016.

 “History Communicators: One Year Later.” Panelist at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 7, 2016.

“History Communicators.” Panelist at National Council for Public History Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, April 16, 2015.

“Roundtable: Getting Students into Archives.” National Council for Public History Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, April 20, 2013.

“Creating the Civil Rights in Brooklyn Collection: Struggles and Lessons in Facilitating Undergraduate Oral History Projects.” Co-written with Robin M. Katz. Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, October 12, 2012.

“21 and Under.” Roundtable Panelist, New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) Annual Conference, New York, NY, May 14, 2012.

“’The Column Family’: Advice Communities and the Origins of Interactive Media.” American Historical Association Conference, Chicago, IL, January 8, 2012.

“’Our Column Mother’: The Newspaper Advice Columnist as Journalist and Icon.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2009.

“The Modern ‘Experience’: Newspaper Advice Columns As Cultural Mediators, 1895-1955.” Organization of American Historians Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2009.

“Southern Daughters, Up North: The New York Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Creation of New York’s Southern Community, 1865-1921.” Southern Historical Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2005.


  • James Harvey Robinson Prize (for, American Historical Association, 2016

  • Best Educational Use of Archives Award, Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York, 2013

  • Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize Nominee, Society of American Historians, 2011

  • Lerner-Scott Dissertation Award Finalist, Organization of American Historians, 2011

  • Bancroft Dissertation Award Nominee, Columbia University, 2010

  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-10

  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010 (declined)

  • Sophia Smith Collection Travel-to-Collections Fellowship, Smith College, 2009

  • Institute for Research on Women and Gender Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2008

  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship, Columbia University, 2003-2008

  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship, Columbia University, 2008

  • History Department Summer Fellowship, Columbia University, 2007

  • Janet Wilson James Women’s Studies Award, Boston College, 2001

  • Janet Wilson James Award for Excellence in Women’s History, Boston College, 2001

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2001



American Historical Association, Washington, DC

Member of the Program Committee for the AHA Annual Meeting, January 2019.

Urban Archive, Brooklyn, NY

Advisory Board Member, October 2016-present

Oral History Association, Atlanta, GA

Member of Programming Committee for the OHA Annual Meeting, October 2016.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Advisory Board Member for NEH project "Gone But Not Forgotten: Digitizing the 177 Year-Old Legacy of New York City's Green-Wood Cemetery," April 2016-present

Organization of American Historians, Bloomington, IN

 Member of Committee on Committees, 2015-2017.

American Historical Association, Washington, DC

Member of Local Arrangements Committee for the AHA Annual Meeting, January 2015.

Center for Women’s History, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Scholarly advisor on concept development and programming, 2014-present.

NYC Department of Records and Information Services, New York, NY

Steering committee member for five-year celebration of the woman suffrage centennial spearheaded by the city’s Department of Records and chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray, 2014-present.

Gender Breakfast, Columbia University

Co-founder and director of a graduate student-run interdisciplinary reading group and scholarly community, affiliated with the University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2003 to 2007. 

Graduate History Association, Columbia University

Conference Organizer for “Playing the Field: The Politics and History of Gender and Sexuality,” April 2004.


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