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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation @ Adams House, Harvard University
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Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, New Deal, public history, women 1920s, women 1930s, Hudson Valley
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About Me


Cynthia M. Koch is Historian in Residence and Director of History Programing for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation at Adams House, Harvard University. She was Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York (1999-2011) and subsequently Senior Adviser to the Office of Presidential Libraries, National Archives, Washington, D.C. From 2013-16 she was Public Historian in Residence at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY where she taught courses in public history, history of the Hudson Valley, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Previously Dr. Koch was Associate Director of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community, a national public policy research group at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Executive Director (1993-1997) of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was Director (1979-1993) of the National Historic Landmark Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.


A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, she holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University.





Recent Publications

“Towards An Inclusive History of the U.S. Presidency,” entry for Public History Handbook, National Council on Public History (forthcoming).


“They Hated Eleanor, Too,” “Hillary R[oosevelt] Clinton,” “Demagogues and Democracy,” “FDR’s Last Personal Diplomacy: Ibn Saud and the Quest for a Jewish Homeland,” and “Democracy and the Election,” published online by the FDR Foundation


“Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal, 1882-1939,” review of Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal, 1882-1939 by Roger Daniels, Indiana Magazine of History, 112 (September 2016): 270-271.


“The Contest for American Culture: A Leadership Case Study on The NEA and NEH Funding Crisis,” which appeared online as and is being updated in Funding Challenges and Successes in Arts Education (IGI Global, 2017).


Currently working on “Revealing U.S. History,” an  introductory “textbook” for an online course management system on American history for  Thinking Strings, Inc.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Public History, Women