Dr. Helen Sheumaker

Contact Information

History Department
Room 272 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 7339
Office hours:  M 9-10, T 9-11, and by appointment
Helen Sheumaker
Title: 

Senior Lecturer; Joint appointment in the History Department and Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies Program)

Education: 

PhD, University of Kansas

MA, University of Kansas

BA, University of Kansas

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • Material Culture Methods and Theory
  • Public History
  • US 19th century Cultural History
  • History of Consumerism
  • American Studies
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • AMS/HST 435/535 Public History Practicum
  • AMS/HST 304 History, Memory and Tradition
  • HST 350 Investigations in the History of Miami University
  • AMS/HST 216 Introduction to Public History
Selected Publications: 

"All Downhill from Here: Teaching with Drunk History," Perspectives on Teaching: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, October 2015

"Secondhand Learning: Using Secondhand Consumerism in the Classroom" in Shopping: Material Culture Perspectives, Deborah Andrews, ed., University of Delaware Press, 2014

"True Collector: The Collecting Narrative of Alice Van Leer Carrick," Journal of the History of Collections 24:3, November 2012

Editor, Memory Matters: Proceedings from the 2010 Conference Hosted by the Humanities Center, Miami University of Ohio, SUNY Press, 2011

Love Entwined: The Curious History of Hair Work, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007

Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life.  An encyclopedia of 180+ entries.  Co-edited with Shirley Wajda, ABC-CLIO Press, 2007

Work in Progress: 

Artifacts from Modern America: Daily Life of Twentieth-century Americans Illustrated, under contract with ABC-CLIO and Greenwood Press imprint, projected publication date October 2018.

I would be happy to work with graduate students interested in completing public history projects, such as exhibitions, community collaboratives, and other public history work, and graduate students interested in 19th and 20th century material culture.