Dawn A. Dennis

As a public historian teaching for the department of history at Cal State University, Los Angeles, my work demonstrates my commitment to public history practice in archival studies and curatorship. I am an innovative educator and intentional leader that creates and collaborates to reach a larger audience. I have written about a myriad of topics in history, and document the learning and preservation of history. Current projects include processing a series in the Mervyn Dymally collection, curating an online exhibit in Spring 2020, and collaborating with institutions on public history projects. I have been fortunate to collaborate with institutions and museums. I curated an exhibition, "I Am the West," at the Autry in January 2019. My current exhibit, "Change-Makers: Past and Present in Western History," opened on 21 November 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Cal State University, Los Angeles. I recently published a collaborative article on teaching pedagogy; “Breaking the University Myth: Deepening Student Engagement through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Creative Practice,” Diálogo, Volume 21, Issue 2. I am a Reader at the Munger Research Center, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The Autry Museum: Mass Incarceration in the American West