PhD, Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996
MA, Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1991
BA, History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1986
Public history, immigrant and ethnic history, US history, oral history, material culture
Kate Wilson has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her B.A. in History at Georgetown University. Her research interests lie in immigration/ethnic studies, public history, American cultural history, gender studies, and material culture. Her book, Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place and Struggle, was published by Temple University Press. She has also published on museum education, ethnic neighborhoods in Philadelphia, nineteenth-century women’s clothing practices, patterns of ethnicity in the mid-Atlantic, and on presenting immigrant experience in public history and culture. Her current research focuses on the representation of the immigrant experience in public history contexts and the impact of ethnic and immigrant communities on the urban cultural landscape. She is currently working on an oral history of refugee resettlement in greater Atlanta.
Dr. Wilson has over ten-years’ experience in public history, specifically in directing community-oriented, K-12 education, and online projects. Dr. Wilson began her public history career at The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 1997, where she served as Director of Education and Outreach and led a series of projects documenting the new immigrant experience in Philadelphia. After 2000 she worked as director of education and interpretation at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, overseeing HSP’s publication, programming, education, website, and community history efforts, before joining the faculty at GSU in 2008.
At GSU Kate teaches HIST 2110 US Survey, HIST 4225 Immigrants in America, HIST 4325 Introduction to Historic Preservation and Public History, HIST 4330/6920 Oral History, HIST 7040 Issues & Interpretations in Public History, HIST 8740 Material Culture, and HIST 8800 Directed Study in Public History. She is the primary advisor for all Master of Heritage Preservation students in the Public History track.
Book Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place and Struggle (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015)
Articles and book chapters
“From Peopling to Postethnic: Pennsylvania Pluralism Reconsidered,” with Rosalind Beiler, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 140 no. 3 (October 2016), 257-270.
“Same Struggle, Same Fight”: Yellow Seeds and the Asian American Movement in Philadelphia’s Chinatown,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 140 no. 3 (October 2016), 423-425.
“Reflections on Engaging Immigrant Communities in Museums,” with Jill K. Stein and Cecilia Garibay, Museum and Social Issues (vol. 3 no. 2) Fall 2008: 179-195.
“Crafting Community-Based Museum Experiences: Process, Pedagogy, and Performance,” in Transforming Practice: Selections from the Journal of Museum Education, 1992-1999, ed. Joanne Hirsch and Lois Silverman (Museum Education Roundtable, 2000), 110-118.
“Commodifying Craft, Creating Community: Women’s Vernacular Dress in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” in The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption, and Homedressmaking, ed. Barbara Burman (Berg Publishers, 1999), 141-156. Encyclopedia entries “Chinatown,” (http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/chinatown/) Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, 2015.
“Robert Purvis,” The Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, ed. Christopher Bates (ME Sharpe, 2010), 856-858.
“Ethnicity,” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures: The Mid-Atlantic Region, ed. Robert Marzec (Greenwood Press, 2004), 97-132.
Scholarly Conference Proceedings
“Rebuilding Philadelphia’s Gold Mountain: Themed Space and Living Community in Transition,” (http://www.pioneeramerica.org/past2012/past2012artwilson.html) Pioneer America Society Transactions (PAST) 35, 2012.
Public History writing
“Atlanta: Immigrant Gateway to the Globalized South,” History@Work (NCPH blog), February 20, 2020 “Exploring Civic Engagement with ‘Kitchen Conversations,’” (part of a special series on teaching (http://ncph.org/history-at-work/exploring-approaches-to-civic-engagement-through-kitchen-conversations/) History@Work (NCPH blog), June 18, 2018. The Public Historian)
“From bachelor enclave to urban village: The evolution of early Chinatown,” Pennsylvania Legacies 12:1 (May 2012), 12-17.
“Images of Latino Philadelphia: An Essay in Photographs,” with Maria Möller, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 138:4 (October 2004), 385-398.
“Building El Barrio: Latinos Transform Post-War Philadelphia,” Pennsylvania Legacies 3:2 (November 2003), 17-21.