Faculty

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Associate Professor, History
School of Humanities
Faculty Coordinator for Engagement


Office: Humanties bldg., room 1001
Phone: (914) 251-6081
Fax: (914) 251-6559
Email: laura.chmielewski@purchase.edu
     
Laura Chmielewski teaches Atlantic World, Early American (to 1848), and Public History.   Her areas of specialization include social history, American religious history and culture, material culture, and the history of American museums. She is the author of two forthcoming books, The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier (University of Notre Dame Press, tbd) and The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas (with Catherine M. Armstrong of Manchester Metropolitan University; Palgrave Macmillan, tbd).  Other works in progress include book-length studies of both religious culture in early American seafaring communities and the material culture of Atlantic World exploration, as well as an article on the religious culture of early transatlantic voyages.  As faculty coordinator for engagement, Prof. Chmielewski acts as a liaison between Academic and Student Affairs and works to foster faculty development of high-impact activities for Purchase students.

Before joining Purchase, Prof. Chmielewski taught American, Atlantic World, and women’s history, as well as college writing, at Marymount Manhattan College, Fordham University, Manhattanville College, and Bronx Community College.  She has also had careers in development and grant writing and public history at numerous New York-area nonprofit institutions, including the Historic House Trust of New York City, Thirteen/WNET, and Fordham University.

Education
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Ph. D. American History, 2006, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M. Phil. American History, 2002, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
MA English, 1992, Fordham University
BA English, 1988, Saint Joseph’s University

Academic positions held:
2012-present - Associate Professor, History, Purchase College, State University of New York
2006-2012 - Assistant Professor, History, Purchase College, State University of New York
2005-2006 - Lecturer, College Writing Program, Manhattanville College
2003-2005 - Writing Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Graduate Center of the City University of New York/Bronx Community College

Courses taught:
Development of US I; Slavery and Status in the Atlantic World; Colonial and Revolutionary America; History and Its Publics; American Frontiers; Early American Life and Culture; "Aren’t I a Woman?": Constructions of Gender in U.S. History; The New Nation: America, 1788–1850; Junior History Seminar; College Writing; Purchase Freshman Seminar

Selected honors and awards:
2009 – Purchase College Junior Faculty Development Grant
2009 – Purchase College Student Engagement Grant
2008, 2010 – Union of University Professionals Development Grant
2005 – National Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York Fellowship
2003, 2004 – CUNY Writing Fellowship (two-time recipient)
2003, 2004 – Colonial Dames of America Fellowship (two-time recipient)

Recent publications:
The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on the Maine Frontier, 1688-1727 (under contract to University of Notre Dame Press, 2011)

The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas (with Catherine M. Armstrong; Palgrave Macmillan, tbd)

“‘Displaying the Dutch’”: The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Colonial Revival”
In Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture (Fordham University Press, 2009)

“Slavery in New York” (exhibit review), Journal of American History (Summer 2007)

Recent presentations:
“Preparing the Next Generation: Undergraduates as Public History Students and Consumers,” case study presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Public History/American Association of State and Local History, Providence, RI (April ’09)

“The Ways of ‘His Industry:’ Men of God and Their Transatlantic Ministries on the Maine Frontier, 1688-1727,” paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Seattle, WA (March ’09)

“The World That Made John Jay,” lecture presented at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY (Fall ’07)

“The Hudson River Valley and the American Revolution.”  Presentation at Rolling Up the River Festival, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (10/2005)

Historical consultant to documentary film “Captive: The Story of Esther Wheelwright,” Vision Network, Canada (2005)