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University of Louisville
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Collective Memory, Social Movements, Public History, Cultural History, African American, Gender and Sexuality
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About Me

Lara Kelland is an Assistant Professor of US and Public History and Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville, where she also directs the Public History graduate concentration and certificate. Her book, Clio’s Foot Soldiers: Twentieth-Century US Social Movements and the Uses of Collective Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018) traces the use of history in 20th century social movements, including Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, and American Indian Movements. In it, she argues that grassroots activists helped shape the field of public history and the democratic practices embraced by many cultural organizations. She teaches courses on public history, oral history, digital history, historical methods, and the history of gender and sexuality in the U.S.

Recent Publications

Kelland, Lara Leigh. Clio’s Foot Soldiers : Twentieth-Century U.s. Social Movements and Collective Memory. Public History in Historical Perspective. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2018.

Kelland, Lara, “Queer Public History,” in Romesburg, Don, ed. The Routledge History of Queer America. The Routledge Histories. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

Fosl, Catherine, and Lara Kelland. ““bring Your Whole Self to the Work”: Identity and Intersectional Politics in the Louisville Lgbtq Movement.” The Oral History Review 43, no. 1 (2016): 138-52.



Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Libraries & Archives, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Urban History