Current Members


Aiden M. Bettine

Aiden M. Bettine

Aiden M. Bettine 

Aiden M. Bettine is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History and a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa while focused on producing community-engaged public history projects. He holds both a Bachelor’s in History and African & Black Diaspora Studies and a Master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies from DePaul University. His public facing doctoral work is grounded in interdisciplinary methodologies with an emphasis on developing local oral history projects and companion archives. He is the founder of the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa, an oral history and digital archiving project supported by History Corps that recognizes, collects, preserves, and celebrates the lives and stories of transgender and gender non-conforming people across the state of Iowa. His dissertation research examines the development of community archives in the city of Chicago, wrestling with issues of race, access, preservation, knowledge production, and historical memory.

Gregory Grohman

Greg Grohman

Greg Grohman  is an M.A./PhD student in the history department at the University of Iowa. His research explores the history of anti-GMO activism in the Natural Law Party and the Transcendental Meditation movement. Interested in using online tools and technologies to make the work of historians more accessible and engaging, his digital scholarship—a collaboration with Dr. R. Tyler Priest—will showcase the history of History at the University of Iowa. Greg received his Bachelor’s in History and Sociology from St. Norbert College.

Jeremy Kingsbury

Jeremy Kingsbury

Jeremy Kingsbury is a History Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa. His primary areas of interest are the Atlantic World and Anishinaabe history. Presently his research is focused on the Two-Spirit history of the Anishinaabe. Jeremy received his B.A. in American Indian Studies with a Minor in Ojibwe Language from Bemidji State University in 2007.In 2016 he earned an M.A. in History with a Public History Certificate from UW Eau Claire. From 2002 to 2016 he worked as a seasonal Park Ranger at Grand Portage National Monument; he finished his career there managing the eighteenth century Anishinaabe Oodena exhibit, working on Ojibwe language content for the Park’s social media presence and giving regular bagpipe music presentations. As a member of History Corps, he’s excited to be working on bi-lingual content that showcases Ojibwe Language and Two-Spirit History.

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Our HC Advisor 

Our Advisor

Associate Professor Jacki Thompson Rand has served as faculty advisor to History Corps since 2013.  She teaches the graduate seminar in public history in addition to her various courses on American Indian history and federal Indian law and policy.  Her turn to the public humanities, and her growing knowledge of the digital humanities, has transformed her pedagogical approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, most of now center on collaborative, project-based work based on primary source and secondary literature research.  She hopes to model her transformation as a teacher, using History Corps as a pedagogical incubator, for her colleagues and hesitant others who are interested in the public humanities.

To learn more about Professor Rand's work with History Corps, please visit Iowa Native Spaces: An Introduction.

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Dr. John McKerley

Oral History and Audio Advisor

John W. McKerley is oral and public historian with the UI Labor Center, College of Law, and an adjunct professor of history. He conducts interviews for the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP), a forty-year-old oral history partnership between the Iowa Federation of Labor, UI Labor Center, UI Libraries, and the State Historical Society of Iowa. With over 1,200 interviews, ILHOP constitutes one of the largest labor-focused oral history projects in the world. McKerley enjoys running workshops on oral history technology and techniques for History Corps, and corps members have served as co-interviewers and translators for the project

Current Members and Advisors