Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello
¬ítŒElizabeth Duclos-Orsello is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Salem State College. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. Her research and teaching interests include the construction and experience of community in the US, ethnic and immigrant studies/literarature, gender studies, Midwestern culture, and cultural geography. Current projects include work on the relationship between public culture and public discourse of community in modernizing America, radical activism of the women's movement, and the relationship between place and memory. In addition to having taught at the college level, she has worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and as a museum educator. She has designed, directed, and taught in a number of Teaching American History grant programs and served as a scholar-in-residence and consultant for both Boston-area museums and K-12/university/museum collaborations. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees at the House of the Seven Gables, an historic site whose founder intentionally linked myth-making, historic preservation and social service. Her passion and vision is in finding ways to link social justice and social change (work she did full time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in the mid 1990s) with academic discourse and agendas. She believes that scholars have a responsibility for public engagement.
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