Caroline Klibanoff is a public historian, facilitating engaging, accessible and meaningful connections with the past.
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I've been lucky to have worked with many great brands and organizations to improve the way they relate to core and emerging audiences through better communications, project management, and digital content and strategy.
I’m currently part of the exhibitions team at the MIT Museum, developing exhibits for the museum’s current site while planning big things for a brand-new, innovative and responsive museum opening in 2021.
I started my career learning from the best in strategic communications at the Pew Research Center, before moving to a video production role at the FrameWorks Institute. At both Pew and FrameWorks, I was tasked with examining the disparate landscape of public opinion and weaving this into a narrative for Americans to better understand themselves, through public-facing products like social media communities; online courses; videos and podcasts; blog posts targeting a younger, digital audience; and live panels and events.
During my M.A. in Public History at Northeastern University, I co-authored the National Register of Historic Places documentation for the Longfellow House - George Washington's Headquarters; conducted research for Northern Light Productions and the National WWII Museum; planned a symposium on immigration, sanctuary and identity for the Cambridge Historical Society; and coordinated the activities of the Northeastern University's Digital Scholarship Group. I also completed a Certificate in Digital Humanities and launched the Atlas of Southern Memory, a digital intervention for commemorative practice.
In the civic engagement realm, I serve as digital director of Big Tent Nation, which recently joined The Bridge Alliance. For these groups, I've had the honor of developing a national awards program, the Civvys, highlighting civic collaboration, and participating in planning the National Week of Conversation.
I hold a B.A. in American Studies and Film & Media Studies from Georgetown University, where I produced a thesis on news literacy initiatives; a capstone documentary film on the changing journalism industry; and a film about the campus radio station, WGTB, where I worked as station manager.
I'm originally from Atlanta, lived in Washington, D.C. and currently reside in Boston. I run a history blog with my sisters, called Sistory.
Where I've Been
States of Incarceration Massachusetts
I served on the planning committee to produce a local version of this traveling exhibit from the Humanities Action Lab. The panel I wrote and designed, "Boston's Geography of Incarceration," highlights spatial patterns of crime and imprisonment in Boston.
The Atlas of Southern Memory
In an age of fervent debate around who and what should be memorialized by statues, monuments and plaques, the Atlas of Southern Memory is a digital intervention for commemoration, enabling broader participation, annotation, and exploration in "what gets remembered." This project was funded in part through a seedling grant from the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks.
The Past is Female Too
We all know "The Future is Female." As a historian dedicated to surfacing stories of women who have often been left out of the narrative, I'm certain "The Past is Female Too." Sistory launched this popular (and ongoing!) campaign of content and t-shirts.
Writing for Sistory.co
A true passion project, Sistory is the history blog and newsletter I produce with my two sisters. Here's a sampling of my work:
See more of what I'm working on now, like public programs and a national civic awards initiative, in my Current Projects.