Sheila Curran BernardSheila Curran Bernard

Assistant Professor, Department of History
and Documentary Studies Program

Associate Director, Documentary Studies Program

M.F.A. Goddard College
B.S., Boston University

060D Social Sciences
Phone: (518) 442-5300 (main)


Undergraduate Courses:
HIS/DOC 224:  Narrative and Historical Media  
HIS/DOC 227:  Civil Rights: A Documentary Approach
HIS/DOC 335:  History and Theory of the Documentary Film
HIS 290/390:  Topics in U.S. History
DOC 290/390:  Topics in Documentary Studies
HIS/DOC 412:  Readings & Practicum in Nonfiction Media Storytelling
DOC 450:  Documentary Studies Seminar and Fieldwork Practicum

Graduate Courses:
HIS 500:  Practicum/Writing the Successful Proposal
HIS 602:  Readings in Visual Media and Culture
HIS 605:  Readings in the History and Theory of Historical Documentary Filmmaking
HIS 607:  Seminar and Practicum in History and Media
HIS 612 (as 530):  Readings & Practicum in Historical Media Storytelling
HIS 642:  Readings in Culture and Society

Current Research Interests:

Sheila Curran Bernard is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, filmmaker, and consultant with expertise in the use of narrative storytelling techniques to enhance the rigor and appeal of nonfiction  media.  She develops and oversees projects for national and international broadcast, theatrical release, and museum and classroom use -- work that is often strategically leveraged to enhance impact through the simultaneous development of components for education and outreach/public engagement.  Teaching interests include courses that explore the intersection of narrative and history, public history, media and history, and documentary storytelling.

Recent Publications:

Slavery by Another Name (PBS 2012, documentary feature, 90 minutes, writer)

Inside Story: The Science of HIV/AIDS (DCGEP 2011, dramatic feature, 90 minutes, story by)

Documentary Storytelling, 3rd edition (Burlington, Ma.: Focal Press 2010):

Archival Storytelling with Kenn Rabin (Burlington, Ma.: Focal Press 2008):


Emmy Award, Writing (1990)

Peabody Award, Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (1999, 1990)

Erik Barnouw Award, OAH (1999, 1996, 1990)

CINE Golden Eagle (2001,1990)

Links to:

Full Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website