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Nancy K. Berlage

Dr. Nancy BerlageDirector, Public History Program
Associate Professor
Office: TMH-203
Phone: 512.245.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background
PhD - Johns Hopkins University
MA - Johns Hopkins University
BA - The University of Chicago

Research Topics
Public History and American Political Culture


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.

Recent awards include the Golden Apple Award in 2018 as the top scholar among all professor levels in the College of Liberal Arts; Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 2017; and College of Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017

Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Berlage practiced as a public historian for over ten years, including as a Senior Historian at a historical consulting firm, where she conducted research for law firms in support of major litigation and research and editing for federal government clients; Staff Editor and Project Manager for a government contracting firm providing editorial, managerial, and historical research services to the U.S. Army Center of Military History; Editor and Co-Author of History of the National Eye Institute, 1968-2000, under a government contract won by her own consulting firm with the National Institutes of Health; and Chief Editor and Senior Historian in the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she performed tasks such as advising the U.S. Congress on commemorative legislation, co-authoring the official history of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and coordinating historical research for the Secretary’s Task Force, which made recommendations to President Obama on the possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy. This latter work was mentioned positively on the “Rachel Maddow Show.”

Berlage’s time in the Pentagon and Washington, DC came to an end after she reported misdeeds and was forced to become a federal whistleblower.

Her 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.

Berlage’s next book Modernity, Memory and the Uses of the Past in Rural America is contracted to be published 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 in a two-page spread for the University in Texas Monthly published November 2019.

Berlage serves on the Board of Directors of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and the Editorial Board of Agricultural History journal.

Courses Taught
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