Thomas Thurston



Institute for Learning Technologies

Teachers College/Columbia University

525 W. 120th St. Box 144

New York, NY 10027

PH (212) 678-4161    


Thomas Thurston

133 Woodlawn St.

Hamden, CT 06517

PH (203) 287-5443





1990-                Yale University, Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Dissertation: "The People Versus Rulloff: A Criminal Encounter With Nineteenth-Century Technologies of Surveillance and Discipline."

1985-1989         University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., American Studies.



Consulting and Media Development


2001                 Consultant, Legal History Review's online presence

2001                 NEH Scholar in Residence for the Decades Museum, Satz Middle School, Holmdel, New Jersey

2000-2001         Consultant, Web Development, for Disability History Museum website (

2000                 Consultant, Web Development, for History Matters website (

1999                 Consultant, Web Development, for Gilder Lehrman Institute website (

1999                 Workshop Leader, "Using Online Resources for Local History," What is This Thing Called Work, a workshop of the Florida Humanities Council, funded by the NEH, October 1999.

1999-                Web Developer, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (

1998-1999         Director, New Deal Network Summer Workshops for High School Teachers, Vassar College.

1997-                Manager of Content Development, Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College, Columbia University.

1996-                Project Director, The New Deal Network, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (

1995-1996         Director, Yale Computer Camp, Yale University.

Staff member, Electronic Text Center, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.





1994-1995         Part Time Acting Instructor, Yale University.

Wilderness in the American Imagination (

1993-1995         Teaching Fellow, Yale University.

                                    Formation of Modern American Culture: 1920-1980

                                    Formation of Modern American Culture: 1876-1919

                                    Alcohol and Drugs in American Culture

1992                 Guest Speaker, Yale University Art Gallery, "'A Beautiful Blank': Native Americans in American Art."

1990-1995         Assistant Editor, Bibliography of Early American Law, Yale Law School.

1987-1989         Teaching Assistant, University of California at Santa Cruz.

                                    American Literature, 1860-1910

                                    Contemporary American Literature

                                    The Works of Mark Twain

                                    American Literature (Survey)

                                    Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

                                    Art in the United States After World War II



Publications and Conference Papers


2001                 "Building Social Networks," Teaching History (February, 2001).

2000                 "Teaching with Technology: Learning About and Creating Communities Through the Web." Federation of State Humanities Councils. Speaking as a guest of the NEH. November 18, 2000.

2000                 "A New Deal Network in California." Plenary speech before the California Association of Archivists, Jan. 2000, Ontario, California. November, 2000.

2000                 "Building Social Networks with Computer Networks: A New Deal for Teaching and Learning." Paper delivered before the American History Association, January 2000, Chicago (

1999                 "The Cultural Legacy of the New Deal." Paper delivered before the National Trust for Historic Preservation, October, 1999, Washington, D.C.

1999                 "A World (Wide Web) of Possibility." Panelist. 60 Years of American Studies at Barnard Conference, October 1999, Barnard College.

1999                 "New Questions for New Media: Scholarly Writing and Online Publishing." American Quarterly, June, 1999.

1999                 "Hearsay of the Sun: Photography, Identity, and the Law of Evidence in Nineteenth-Century American Courts." Hypertext Scholarship in American Studies, American Quarterly (

1999                 "The Miniature Library of Tomorrow! Microfilm Technology and Democracy During the Great Depression." Paper delivered before the American History Association, January 1999, Washington, D.C.

1998                 "Online Organizing: Academic Labor and the Internet." Paper delivered before the American Studies Association, November 1998, Seattle.

1998                 "Building the New Deal Network." Paper delivered before the American Association for History and Computing, April 1998, Cincinnati, Ohio.



Awards, Fellowships, and Professional Duties


2001                 NEH Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities' EdSITEment Web site.

2000                 Invited participant at the National Institute for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH) workshop, September, 2000, Washington, D.C.

2000                 Co-Editor, ASA 2000 Online Panels, American Studies Association Detroit 2000 Conference, October 12-15, 2000 (

2000-                Editor, H-US1918-45, the New Deal Era and Its Origins. H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine (

2000-                President, New York Metro American Studies Association.

1999-                Board Member, National New Deal Preservation Association.

1999                 Soros Institute Grant to New Deal Network for the development of an art history curriculum for Evander Childs High School, The Bronx, NYC.

1999                 Recipient of the American Association for History and Computing's Best Multimedia Resource in History, 1998, for New Deal Network.

1999                 NEH Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities' EdSITEment Web site.

1998                 Teaching With Technology Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, for New Deal Network.

1997                 Award winner, NEH's EdSITEment, Best of the Humanities on the Web, for New Deal Network

1996-1997         Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Fellowship, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (Two consecutive years).

1996                 University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University.

1994-1995         Charles Simonds Teaching Fellowship, Yale University.

1990-1994         Yale University Fellowship, Yale University