brennan-sheilaSheila Brennan
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media;  Research Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University

Sheila A. Brennan is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Research Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. She has a background in museum work, and completed her Ph.D. in US history and digital history at Mason in 2010. At RRCHNM, she directs many digital projects funded by federal agencies and private foundations that have a public humanities focus, including Histories of the National Mall and the open-source software Omeka.  She leads the Center’s digital art history initiatives that include developing and teaching digital art history summer institutes, and increasing Omeka’s plugin and theme options for art historians, all with support from the Getty Foundation.  Her own research explores how museums use digital technologies, collecting practices, and material culture. She is publishing a digital and print monograph, Stamping American Memory, with the University of Michigan Press (2017).