Sheila 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 390: Topics in U.S. History

Narrative and Historical Media
Civil Rights: A Documentary Approach
History on Stage

HIS 335: History and Theory of the Documentary Film

Graduate Courses:

His 500: Practicum, Writing the Successful Proposal
His 602: Readings in Visual Media and Culture
HIS 603: Readings in United States History

Current Research Interests:

I’m involved in a few broadcast and film initiatives and working on a fourth edition of my book, Documentary Storytelling. My teaching interests include media and history, public history, and documentary ethics.

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