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Joshua Catalano

Joshua Catalano

Assistant Professor; Public History Coordinator

Department of History
Office: Hardin Hall 002

PhD, George Mason University (2019); MA, Bowling Green State University (2015); BA, Saint Vincent College (2013)


Research Interests
U.S. History, Early America, Public, Digital Methods

Professor Catalano is a historian of the United States and a practitioner of both digital and public history. Before coming to Clemson, he worked as a research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media where he served as managing editor of Digital Humanities Now.

Professor Catalano’s research focuses on the role of symbolism and language in the process of settler colonialism. His current manuscript project analyzes the production, dissemination, and continual reinterpretation of the memory of the Gnadenhutten Massacre and the burning of Colonel William Crawford. His research projects provide new perspectives on the applicability of digital and computational methodologies for conducting historical research.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

with C. Trevor Duke and David Markus, “Where Worlds Collide: Late Woodland Potting Practice in Upstate South Carolina, USA,” American Antiquity, 2024.

with D. Travers Scott and Christa Smith, “Communication Studies Research and Big Data: Always Already Queer,” Review of Communication 23, no. 1 (2023): 79-94.

with Briana Pocratsky, “From Ken Burns's The Civil War to History's Ancient Aliens: Lincoln's Unfinished Work on Cable Television,” in Vernon Burton and Peter Eisenstadt eds., Lincoln’s Unfinished Work (LSU Press, 2022).

with Briana Pocratsky, What's on History?: Tuning into Conspiracies, Capitalism, and Masculinity, Current Research in Digital History, no. 3 (2020).

“Blue Jacket, Anthony Wayne, and the Psychological and Symbolic War for Ohio, 1790-1795,” Ohio History 126, no. 1 (2019): 5-34.

“Digitally Analyzing the Uneven Ground: Language Borrowing Among Indian Treaties,” Current Research in Digital History 1 (2018).

“President William T. Jerome III: Why Bowling Green State University Remained Open after the Kent State Shootings,” Ohio History 123, no. 1 (2016): 51-72.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

"Graduate Assistantships in the Digital Humanities: The experience of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media” in The Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities. (Co-authored with Laura Crossley and Amanda Regan)

“Realizing New Models of Historical Scholarship: Envisioning a Discipline-Based Digital History Doctoral Program,” in The Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities. (Co-authored with Douglas Seefeldt and Pamela E. Mack)

“Remembering the Gnadenhutten Massacre,” in Marjoleine Kars, Andrew Schocket, and Michael A. McDonnell, ed., Cambridge History of the American Revolution.

Digital Works, Videos, CDs & DVDs, Software (Published)

“Mining the Eleanor Roosevelt My Day Columns,” co-authored with Amanda Regan, 2017.


Co-Pi with Aby Sene-Harper, “Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Congaree National Park,” National Park Service, 2023-.

Co-PI with David Markus, “Archaeological and Historical Assessment of Fort Rutledge and the Battle of Esseneca,” National Park Service, 2021-23.

Co-PI with Aby Sene-Harper, "Collect Oral Histories Related to Establishment of Freedom Riders National Monument, Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, and Reconstruction Era National Historic Park," National Park Service, 2020-22.

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