Sheila is the Senior Digital History Associate in the Public Projects division at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) where she has worked since 2005. She is also ABD in U.S. history at George Mason University, where she also minors in new media. She plans to defend her dissertation, Stamping American Memory, in Fall 2009.
Sheila is the Senior Digital History Associate in the Public Projects division at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM). At CHNM, Brennan manages many digital projects, including the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank and Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, and is the end user coordinator for the Omeka digital publishing platform. She is currently researching how museums use mobile devices to deliver content and engage visitors in meaningful ways, and is working on a team developing open-source prototypes for reaching museum audiences through mobiles. Prior to coming to CHNM in 2005, she worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years. She has co-authored a guide and website to help researchers make better use of technology in the archive, Taking a Byte Out of the Archives, and a guide to doing oral history in the digital age. She has made several presentations on digital history, and online collecting and archiving.
Brennan is ABD in U.S. history at George Mason University, where she also minors in new media. Her dissertation investigates the development of stamp collecting as a popular practice, and how the US postal service engaged in a cultural dialogue with citizens through commemorative stamp production, and in the process becomes a major player in popular history making during the early twentieth century. She plans to defend in Fall 2009. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Bates College and Master's from the University of Notre Dame in American Studies.