Kristin M. Szylvian

Associate ProfessorGraduate Director for Public History
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon UniversityMA, 1984, Duquesne University, HistoryBA, 1983, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Kristin M. Szylvian joined the faculty of St. John's University in January 2011.  Jointly appointed in History and Library and Information Science, Szylvian directs the emerging graduate in Public History, Museum and Archival Studies (PHMAS).  Soon, graduate students studying public history or museum studies will also be able to earn a Master of Library and Information Science (MLS) and gain certification in Archives management. Szylvian's research focuses on housing, urban planning history, and environmental and land use policy.  She has published articles in Buildings and LandscapesThe Journal of Urban HistoryPlanning Perspectives, and Environmental History.  Szylvian has previously directed the Public History programs at Western Michigan University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Areas of Specialization: Housing and urban planning history; New Deal and World War II

Most recent publication was a 2009 article in Buildings and Landscapes

Most recent presentations: Urban History Association (2010) and Society for American City and Regional Planning History (2011)

Courses Taught at St. John's University

  • Urban History
  • Oral History
  • Public History
  • Archival Management

Other Courses Taught

  • Museum Studies
  • Research Methods