Who We Are

The Public History Project is an interdisciplinary research consortium based within the estuarial region that is home to New York and Newark. We are historians, ecologists, cartographers, artists, educators, culture bearers and linguists partnering to challenge the established colonial narratives of this region’s history and to transform how we tell our stories, while in the process, caring for our land and waters.

Our Team

Jack Tchen / Founding Director

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a historian, curator, and writer devoted to anti-racist, anti-colonialist democratic participatory storytelling, scholarship, and opening up archives, museums, organizations, and classroom spaces to the stories and realities of those excluded and deemed “unfit” in master narratives. Professor Tchen has been honored to be the Inaugural Clement A Price Chair of Public History & Humanities at Rutgers University – Newark and Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience, since Fall 2018…

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Kerry Hardy

Kerry Hardy / Lead Researcher & Cartographer

Kerry Hardy is a researcher, eco-historian, and author who studies the human ecology of pre-Contact Native Americans, primarily through geographic and linguistic analysis. He is the Lead Researcher and Cartographer at the Public History Project,  the Stewardship Coordinator at the Vinalhaven Land Trust, and author of “Notes on a Lost Flue: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki” that delves into the Native American foodways, languages, place names and ecologies of Maine in 2009…

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Beatrice Glow

Beatrice Glow / Strategy Manager

Beatrice Glow organizes PHP’s multi-faceted initiatives by overseeing the formation and implementation of long and short-term goals. She has project and production management experience in both non-profit arts organizations and startup companies.  She is also a multisensory artist and has been named a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, LMCC Workspace Artist,  and Fulbright Scholar. During her ZERO1 American Arts Incubator — Ecuador program and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU residency, she co-labored alongside scholars and Indigenous communities to create new media projects…

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Sonia Louise Davis

Sonia Louise Davis / Administrator

Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis is a visual artist, writer and performer. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, African American Studies) and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, she lives in Harlem.

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Leora Fuller / Creative & Research Collaborator

Leora Fuller (she/her) is a trans artist, organizer, and facilitator currently teaching at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) and working as a Creative & Research Collaborator for the Public History Project. Her passion is supporting students and communities telling their own stories in ways that evoke the past and present to imagine a more just future. Leora has facilitated classes on decolonizing the NY-NJ region, environmental justice, subaltern history, and trans mutual aid, often incorporating new technologies such as AR/VR and digital mapping…

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Community Partners

Vincent Mann

Chief Vincent Mann

Chief Mann is the Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, which encompasses Passaic County NJ, Warwick, and surrounding areas in New York. Chief Mann has held the title of Turtle Clan Chief for approximately twelve years. For the past five years, he has worked with the NYU Environmental Studies department. In that time, he participated in the construction and implementation of a community health survey focused on identifying and addressing health concerns within his community. To honor Chief Mann’s efforts to shed light on his community’s efforts to fight back after the Ford toxic dumping, he was awarded the Russ Berry Foundations highest award of Unsung Hero…

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Clan Mother Michaeline Picaro Mann

Clan Mother Picaro is a member of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan. Her role as Clan Mother encompasses her position as a knowledge bearer and her actions advocating for the Turtle Clan. With Chief Mann, Clan Mother Picaro Mann has been at the forefront of the Ramapough’s environmental justice organizing efforts. She has worked with NYU Environmental Studies, contributing to their shared projects, her nursing expertise, research skills, and perspective on traditional healing…

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Gordon Peters

Deputy Grand Chief Gordon Peters 

Deputy Grand Chief Gordon Peters is a member of the Turtle Clan and is (Lunaape) Lenape from the Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation). Deputy Grand Chief Peters has worked with First Nations, both in a political and non-political capacity, for over four decades applying his organizing knowledge to promote and develop indigenous sovereignty. Currently, he holds the position of Deputy Grand Chief, an elected position within the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. Previously, Deputy Grand Chief Peters served as Ontario Regional Chief of Assembly of First Nations for 12 years and acted as head of the AIAI for 4 years. He is an author, educator, and is often invited to speak on First Nations and community economic and cultural development issues…

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Collaborators and Contributors

Alex Peabody
Audra Simpson
Brent Stonefish
Claudia Sepulveda
Conor Quinn
Doris Brossard
Eric Sanderson
Frances Pollitt Sarver
George Stonefish
Jessica Hernandez
Kim Fisher
Lize Mogel
Mabel Wilson
Mehreen Mian
Mora McLean
Norris Branham
Sam Hege

The Public History Project is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and is grateful for our close collaboration with the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University – Newark.