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Stephen Robertson Named New Director of Center for History and New Media

June 11, 2013

Stephen Robertson

Stephen Robertson

George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the Department of History and Art History announced that Stephen Robertson will become the new director of the center, replacing Dan Cohen, in July. Robertson joins Mason from the History Department at the University of Sydney, where he has been since 2000.

Robertson completed his PhD at Rutgers University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago (1997-98) prior to joining the University of Sydney. He also taught for a semester at Massey University in New Zealand.

Robertson has won a number of teaching awards, including a Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2006 and a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. At Sydney, he also served as associate dean for undergraduate matters, and coordinator of the American Studies Program.

Robertson is well known in digital history for his work on Digital Harlem, which he created with his collaborators in the Black Metropolis project. Digital Harlem won the American Historical Association’s Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History and the ABC-CLIO Online History Award of the American Library Association in 2010. Robertson’s personal history with George Mason University and Roy Rosenzweig go further back: from 1998 to 1999, he was the JNG Finley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Art History.

“Stephen brings an impressive set of strengths to this position. He is perfectly suited to work with the staff at the center to push it in new directions while remaining true to its founding principles and goals,” says Brian Platt, chair of the Department of History and Art History.

“My introduction to digital history came during my fellowship at George Mason, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to return and help the center continue to pursue the vision, so powerfully elaborated by Roy and Dan, of working with educators, libraries and museums and scholars to develop new ways to preserve and present history online, to reach broad audiences, and to encourage popular participation in efforts to understand the past,” Robertson says.