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Department of History


Constance B. Schulz

Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences


  • B.A. College of Wooster in Ohio
  • Ph.D. The University of Cincinnati


Dr. Schulz has retired from active teaching and is no longer taking on students. Although her initial graduate education and early publications specialized in the early national period of U.S. history ("Children in America in the Eighteenth Century," in Joseph Hawes and Ray Hiner, eds., American Childhood, "Eliza Lucas Pinckney," in Catherine Clinton and Ben Barker-Benfield, eds., Portraits of American Women and "John Adams on 'The Best of All Possible Worlds', " in Frank Shuffleton, ed., The American Enlightenment) ,her publications as a public historian have focused on public history education and on visual resources, especially photography for historical research and teaching. They include: The History of South Carolina Slide Collection, The American History Videodisc, A South Carolina Album, 1936-1948: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil of New Jersey Documentary Projects; Bust to Boom: Kansas Photographs from the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil of New Jersey Documentary Projects, 1936-1949 , Witness to the Fifties: Roy Stryker and the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, 1950-1953, Michigan Remembered, 1936-1943: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, Becoming a Public Historian, in James B. Gardner and Peter S. LaPaglia, Public History: Essays from the Field; and most recently Clio’s Southern Sisters: Interviews with Leaders of the Southern Association for Women Historians, co-edited with Elizabeth Hayes Turner.


I spent 2000-2001 at the University of York, England, on a Fulbright lectureship, and the spring of 2005 on a Fulbright in Genoa, Italy; in both places international interest in public history has helped me to articulate what public history is, and how museum, archival, and historic preservation activities are carried out in other nations. My lecture course in Italy on American Documentary Photography combined insights from the seminar students at USC with my own research, and I hope to turn these into a book for history students on how to understand and read photography as an important primary source for writing history.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.