Historian | Analytical Puzzle-Solver
“I believe that the heart of the historian’s craft is to ask questions of the past and determine why the answers are important to the audiences of today.”
Work at HAI
Justin joined HAI as a researcher, writer, and content developer in 2019. He believes in the democratization of history—that quality works of history should be accessible to as many people as possible. He draws on this principle to deconstruct complex historical problems and communicate clearly to target audiences. Justin looks at history as solving a complicated puzzle, and enjoys thinking of new avenues to answer historical questions. As a digital historian, Justin leverages technology to help achieve these goals.
Justin works with clients to identify their goals and how best to achieve them through the power of history. Justin employs a wide range of historical research skills, such as archival research, image acquisition, digital exhibit-building, and narrative writing, as well as an in-depth knowledge of many areas of history. His clients include the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. His topical research experience includes climate change and environmental history, legislative history, and potentially responsible party (PRP) searches.
Path to HAI
Justin has worked within the discipline of history for his entire professional life. Before joining HAI in 2019, he was a secondary school history teacher. He later worked on digital history education projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and has taught undergraduate history courses.
Justin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at George Mason University, specializing in 20th century U.S. political history, particularly the history of immigration. His dissertation examines the relationship between American immigration policy and foreign relations in the early 20th century. Justin has also earned an MAT in secondary social studies education from The College of New Jersey and a BA in history from American University.