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Professor of History, UMass Amherst

Sam Redman specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. history with a focus on culture and ideas. In 2012, he completed his doctoral dissertation, "Human Remains and the Construction of Race and History, 1897-1945" at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Redman worked at the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) where he completed dozens of oral history interviews on a wide variety of subjects. At ROHO, he served as Lead Interviewer for the Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front Oral History Project and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Oral History Project - both in collaboration with the National Park Service. Working with a team at ROHO, he launched a project documenting the oral history of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge resulting in the completion of over a dozen new interviews with men and women who worked on the bridge. Before graduate school, he worked in several museums including the Field Museum of Natural History, Colorado History Museum, and Science Museum of Minnesota. He is the author of "Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide" published by the American Historical Association in 2013. His first book, "Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums", was published by Harvard University Press in March, 2016.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst