Joshua Catalano

Joshua Catalano

Joshua Catalano

Graduate Research Assistant

U.S. History: Early America, Native American history, public history, memory, digital history

Joshua Catalano is a doctoral student in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for History and New Media. His research focuses on settler colonialism in the Trans-Appalachian West.


Current Research

His dissertation is a study of the intertwined and contested memory of the Gnadenhutten Massacre and the burning of Colonel William Crawford over the longue durée. Putting Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s theory of how silences enter the historical record to the test, his study will illuminate the numerous ways specific individuals and organizations manipulated and used the memory of these events for different purposes throughout history.

Selected Publications

“President William T. Jerome III: Why Bowling Green State University Remained Open after the Kent State Shootings,” Ohio History vol. 123, no. 1 (2016): 51-72.

Grants and Fellowships

George Mason University Presidential Scholarship (2015-Present)

McKinnon-Morton Travel Grant (2017)

Summer Presidential Fellowship, George Mason University (2016, 2017)


M.A. American Culture Studies - Bowling Green State University (2015)

B.A. History - Saint Vincent College (2013)

Recent Presentations

“MALLETT,” Collections as Data: Hack-to-Learn, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, May 17-18, 2017

“The Commemoration of Colonel Crawford and the Vilification of Simon Girty: How Politicians, Historians, and the Public Manipulate Memory,” Mississippi Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 2-4, 2017.