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Faculty

Kathryn Miller Haines is the Associate Director of the Center for American Music, part of the Archives & Special Collections Department of the University of Pittsburgh Library System. She is one of the co-authors of the curriculum support guide, Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song and has served as part of the project team and faculty for five successful past NEH Summer Institutes for Teachers based on the guide. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program.

Suzi Bloom is the Director of Education for Rivers of Steel National Historic Area. She has a BS in Environmental Science/Ecology from Juniata College and an MS in Parks and Resource management. She has 20 years of experience with environmental education.   

Jeffrey Tripodi is a Social Studies teacher and Coordinator of Gifted Education at Blackhawk High School. He has received the Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities and has extensive experience presenting teacher training workshops with an emphasis on the use of technology in the classroom.

Ron Baraff is Director of Historic Resources and Facilities for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in Homestead, PA. He supervises the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Archives and Museum, Interpretive and Tourism Programming, and Historic Sites - including the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site in Rankin/Swissvale, the Battle of Homestead site/Pump House in Munhall, and the National Historic Landmark Bost Building in Homestead.

Zachary Brodt is the University Archivist at the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Archives & Special Collections. In addition to his work with the University Archives, Brodt has overseen the department’s labor collections for over a decade and previously served as the archivist for the Henry Clay Frick Business Papers. Brodt has contributed to the understanding and memory of the Homestead Steel Strike through his presentation “The Company, the Union & the History Channel: Depictions of the Homestead Steel Strike” at the spring 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and his article “Strike Out: A Pirates Pitcher at the Battle of Homestead,” which won the 2016 MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award.

Visiting Scholars

Les Standiford is an historian and author of 21 books, including the critically acclaimed Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America (Broadway Books, 2006).

Paul Kahan Headshot of Tammy Heppsis a leading expert on the political, diplomatic, and economic history of the United States in the nineteenth century. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Temple University. Prior to that, Dr. Kahan earned an M.A. in Modern American History & Literature from Drew University and B.A.s in history and English (with minors in medieval / Renaissance studies and music) from Alfred University. 

Dr. Kahan has published several books, including Eastern State Penitentiary: A History, Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War's LegacyThe Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance, and The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American Industry. He is currently working on a narrative history of Philadelphia scheduled for publication in 2021.

Tammy Hepps Headshot of Tammy Hepps is a historian of the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.  She combines in-depth historical research with technology and genealogy to reconstruct stories from the past in an engaging way.  Her website HomesteadHebrews.com showcases the significant research she has done into this historical steel town to examine how the trajectory of this forgotten Jewish community illuminates the better-known stories of the town's other communities.  She has presented her findings around the world, including the Library of Congress and the International Jewish Genealogy Conference in Jerusalem.

Quentin Skrabec is a professor in the College of Business at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. He is the author of Henry Clay Frick: The Life of the Perfect Capitalist (McFarland, 2010) and The Carnegie Boys: The Lieutenants of Andrew Carnegie That Changed America (McFarland, 2012).

Ted Muller is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History and the co-author of Before Renaissance: Planning in Pittsburgh, 1889-1943 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006).

Ken Kobus Headshot of Ken Kobus is the author of City of Steel: How Pittsburgh Became the World's Steelmaking Capital During the Carnegie Era (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Charlie McCollester Headshot of Charlie McCollesteris a retired Professor, Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of PA. A lifelong labor activist, he is currently the president of the Battle of Homestead Foundation in Pittsburgh.

Steffi Domike Headshot of Steffi Domikeis an artist and activist who currently works as Communications Coordinator for the Associate Member Program of the United Steelworkers. Her film The River Ran Red, documents the violent labor conflict that took place at the Carnegie Works in Homestead in the summer of 1892.

Joel Woller is an Assistant Professor of History in the Humanities Department of Carlow University’s College of Innovation and Learning. His ongoing research on the Homestead Strike of 1892 in collective memory reflects his engagement with 20th century U.S. social movement culture and politics.

Barbara Jones is the curator of the Westmoreland Museum of Art.