Where Are They Now? - Hillary Kativa


Hillary Kativa

After graduating from Dickinson College with a B.A. in American History and English, I entered Villanova's graduate history program in 2006 with a desire both to enhance my knowledge of history and develop practical skills for educating and engaging public audiences.  Planning to pair my M.A. with a Master of Library and Information Science, I appreciated Villanova's emphasis on public history and the recognition that historical work and interpretation happens beyond the realm of academia.  Villanova's Introduction to Public History seminar highlighted key issues in the field, while the Public History Practicum allowed me to gain hands-on experience working with Eastern State Penitentiary on the interpretation and restoration of its Catholic chaplain's office.  In addition, courses like Roosevelt to Roosevelt, The U.S. Since the New Deal, and American Historiography provided a solid foundation in historical research and scholarly debate.  Following my graduation from Villanova in 2008, I obtained my M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University and quickly found that my background in public history perfectly complimented my library and archival studies.  Since completing my education, I have pursued a career in the digital humanities, working both as a Digital Project Intern for PhillyHistory.org and the Project Manager for Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia (http://northerncity.library.temple.edu), a digital history site developed out of Temple University's Urban Archives.  Currently, I am the Digital Collections and Rights Manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where I manage HSP's Digital Library and handle digital reproduction and rights requests, as well as assist with exhibitions, education projects, and public programming.  Both in and out of the classroom, my experiences at Villanova equipped me with valuable skills that inform my digital history projects and have allowed me to make a real-world impact on historical understanding and interpretation.   

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Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  ...read more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.