Nancy K. Berlage
Director, Public History Program
PhD - Johns Hopkins University
MA - Johns Hopkins University
BA - The University of Chicago
Current Research Topics
Public History; Rural Women & Gender; Memory; Agricultural History; Institutional History
Dr. Nancy K. Berlage is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Texas State University. She is also public history graduate advisor and internship advisor.
Awards include: Golden Apple Award as top scholar (2018), and Achievement Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2017) and Excellence in Service (2020), all from the College of Liberal Arts; Favorite Professor - Alpha Chi National Honor Society (2017 & 2019); Vernon Carstensen Memorial Award - Agricultural Society; Butler Prize - Johns Hopkins University; and the Outstanding Service Award - Department of Defense. She is also the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Public History, the Economic History Association, and others.
Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Berlage practiced as a public historian for over ten years. She was Chief Editor and Senior Historian, Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she co-authored the official history Pentagon 9/11; conducted oral histories; coordinated historical research for the Secretary’s Task Force making recommendations to President Obama for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy (mentioned positively on the “Rachel Maddow Show”); and advised on multiple Pentagon exhibits. As Senior Historian, History Associates Incorporated, she led teams conducting research in support of major litigation and historical writing for federal clients. As Staff Editor and Project Manager for SUPRA Corp., she provided historical services to the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s Defense Acquisition History Project. As principle of The Berlage Company, she edited and co-wrote History of the National Eye Institute, 1968-2000. She was also Assistant Editor of the Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Johns Hopkins University.
Berlage’s book Farmers Helping Farmers: The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914-1935 (Louisiana State University Press) received the Award for Superior Achievement from the Illinois State Historical Society; a “Finalist Award” from the Iowa History Society, and was a finalist for prizes from the Midwestern History Association and Agricultural History Society.
Berlage’s next book Modernity, Memory and the Uses of the Past in Rural America is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press.
Her blog on historical writing and memory for the Rural Women’s Studies Association received positive attention.
Berlage and the Public History Program are featured by TXSU in Texas Monthly, November 2019.
Berlage has served on the Board of Directors of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites; the Editorial Board of Agricultural History; numerous committees for the National Council on Public History, Organization of American Historians, Agricultural History Society, Oral History Society; and was Book Reviews Editor for Sound Historian, the journal of the Texas Oral History Association.
Controversy and Public History
Public Memory and History
Family and Child, History and Heritage
Writing for Public History: Consulting
Practice of Public History
Organization of the Modern American State
American History 1877-Present
Project Class in Public History
History of the United States, 1877-Present
History of American Women