I am the Assistant Director of the Public History Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History.

I am a scholar of American material culture and of public history. My studies of material culture focus on the process by which material culture shapes individual and collective identity. As a public historian working primarily within the academy, I seek to cultivate in students a passion for historical work that will make public history institutions a critical part of local and national conversations about American values and priorities and that will link past stories, whenever possible, to present choices and controversies.

I can be reached at rshrum@iupui.edu