Mary Rizzo


I'm currently the Associate Director of Digital and Public Humanities Initiatives for American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, where we are launching a new Public Humanities MA track in fall 2016 focused on social justice, inclusivity, and community engagement. Prior to coming to Newark, I spent a decade working in public history and public humanities at the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, small museums (including an 18th century historic house where George Washington actually slept), and other educational organizations.

Relevant Projects

I'm involved in a number of projects that might be of interest to attendees and cross between the worlds of digital and public humanities. The Queer Newark Oral History Project ( documents LGBT communities in Newark historically through oral history and a small archive. We'll be hosting a boot camp for doing queer oral/public history in 2017. The Telling Untold Histories unconference ( is a forum for exploring how we can channel our passion for more inclusive histories into innovative public work in our state and region. Our new public humanities MA track in American Studies is launching at Rutgers University-Newark in Fall 2016. I'm also involved in several digitization projects, including one with the Newark Public Library of a collection of photos of Newark during urban renewal and another with the Enoch Pratt Public Library in Baltimore to digitize a forgotten African American poetry magazine from the 1960s-1980s.


Rutgers University-Newark


Humanities, Academic


United States