Public Humanities and Engaged Scholarship Bibliography

A collection of scholarship that provides background on the genesis of the public humanities, theorizes its potential as a field, and highlights a variety of methods and projects:

Abram, Ruth. “Kitchen Conversations: Democracy in Action at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.” The Public Historian, vol. 29, no. 1, 2007, pp. 59-76. JSTOR

Bartel, Anna Sims. “Talking and Walking: Literary Work as Public Work.” Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature, edited by Susan Danielson and Ann Marie Fallon, Anker Publishing, 2007, pp. 81-102.

Blain, Keisha N. and Ibram X. Kendi, “How to Avoid a Post-Scholar America.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 June 2017, p. B3. Gale Academic Onefile.

Boyer, Ernest L. “The Scholarship of Engagement.” Journal of Higher Education and Outreach, vol. 20, no. 1, 2016, pp. 15-27. EBSCOhost.

Boyte, Harry C. “Reinventing Citizenship As Public Work.” Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, & The Future of Colleges and Universities, edited by Harry C. Boyte, Vanderbilt University Press, 2015, pp. 1-33.

Cooper, David. “Can Civic Engagement Rescue the Humanities?” Learning in the Plural: Essays on the Humanities and Public Life, Michigan State University Press, 2014, pp. 151-165.

Davidson, Cathy N. “Palpable Impact.” The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, Basic Books, 2017, pp. 133-161.

Domke, David. “The Something We Can Do.” Practising Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy, edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, pp. 42-48.

Draxler, Bridget and Danielle Spratt. Engaging the Age of Jane Austen: Public Humanities in Practice. University of Iowa Press, 2018.

Ellison, Julie. “The Humanities and the Public Soul.” Antipode, vol. 40, no. 3, 2008, pp. 463-471. EBSCOhost.

-----. “The New Public Humanists.” PMLA, vol 128, no. 2, 2013, pp. 289-298. JSTOR.

Elmer, Jonathan. “Public Humanities in the Age of the Ideas Industry and the Rise of the Creatives.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 85, no. 4,  2016, pp. 109-117. EBSCOhost.

Fox, Nicholas Hengen. Reading as Collective Action: Texts as Tactics. University of Iowa Press, 2017.

Gale, Sylvia and Evan Carton. “Toward the Practice of the Humanities.” The Good Society, vol. 14, no. 3, 2005, pp. 38-44. JSTOR.

Gibbs, Robert. “Meeting Our Publics: A Search for the Right Questions in Public Humanities.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 85, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1-5. EBSCOhost.

Goettel, Robin and Jamie Haft. “Imagining America: Engaged Scholarship for the Arts, Humanities, and Design.” Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Cathy Burack, and Sarena D. Seifer, Michigan State University Press, 2010, pp. 361-372.

Gordon Da Cruz, Cynthia. “Community-Engaged Scholarship: Toward a Shared Understanding of Practice.” The Review of Higher Education, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp. 147-167. Project MUSE,

Grobman, Laurie and Roberta Rosenberg. “Introduction: Literary Studies, Service Learning, and the Public Humanities.” Service Learning and Literary Studies, edited by Laurie Grobman and Roberta Rosenberg, The Modern Language Association of America, 2015, pp. 1-39.

Harpham, Geoffrey Galt. The Humanities and the Dream of America. The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Hoffman, Andrew J. “Reflections: Academia’s Emerging Crisis of Relevance and the Consequent Role of the Engaged Scholar.” Journal of Change Management, vol. 16, no. 2, 2016, pp. 77-96. EBSCOhost,

Jay, Gregory. “The Engaged Humanities: Principles and Practices for Public Scholarship and Teaching.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, vol. 3, no. 1, 2010, pp. 51-63. EBSCOhost,

Jay, Paul. “Conclusion: The Humanities and the Public Sphere in the Age of the Internet.” The Humanities “Crisis” and the Future of Literary Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 143-171.

Kezar, Adrianna and Yianna Drivalas. Envisioning Public Scholarship for Our Time: Models for Higher Education Researchers. Stylus, 2018.

Lucas, Kristin and Pavlina Radia. “Experiential Learning in the Humanities: From Theory to Practice in an After-School Shakespeare Program and an Online Journal.” Pedagogy, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, pp. 129-138. Project MUSE,

Mangum, Teresa. “Going Public: From the Perspective of the Classroom.” Pedagogy, vol. 12, no. 1, 2012, pp. 5-18. Project MUSE,

Mitchell, Katharyne, ed. Practising Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Modern Language Association, Public Humanities, special issue of Profession, 2019. Available:

The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future. Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2012.

Paraschiv, Claudia. “ReImagine a Lot.” Public: A Journal of Imagining America, vol. 3, no. 1,  2015. Available:

Post, Margaret A. and Elaine Ward, Nicholas V. Longo, and John Saltmarsh, eds. Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next-Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education. Stylus, 2016.

Ramaley, Judith A. “Education for a Rapidly Changing World.” Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, & The Future of Colleges and Universities, edited by Harry C. Boyte, Vanderbilt University Press, 2015, pp. 91-98.

Rizzo, Mary. “More Than Just Fun and Games? Play, Public Humanities, and Engaged Democracy.” Public: A Journal of Imagining America, vol. 2, no. 1, 2014. Available:

Schroeder, Robyn. “What Is Public Humanities?” Day of Public Humanities, Apr. 2017. Available:

Shumway, David R. “Why the Humanities Must Be Public.” The University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 85, no. 4, 2016, pp. 34-45. EBSCOhost,

Sommer, Doris and Pauline Strong. “Theory Follows from Practice: Lessons from the Field.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 85, no. 4, 2016, pp. 67-81. EBSCOhost,

Sommer, Doris. The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities. Duke University Press, 2013.

Woodward, Kathleen. “The Future of the Humanities in the Present & in Public.” Daedalus, vol. 138, no. 1, 2009, pp. 110-123. JSTOR,

“We Are All Nontraditional Learners Now: Community Colleges, Long-Life Learning, and Problem-Solving Humanities.” A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future of Public Higher Education, edited by Gordon Hutner and Feisal G. Mohamed, Rutgers University Press, 2016, pp. 51-71.