Sheila Curran Bernard

Associate Professor
History Department
Documentary Studies Program
Director, Institute for History and Public Engagement

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 501: Introduction to Public History
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:

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, filmmaker, and consultant who develops and oversees projects for national and international broadcast, theatrical release, and museum and classroom use. Teaching interests include courses that explore U.S. history, public history, documentary, and historical narrative. 

Selected Publications:

Jerusalem (National Geographic 2013, IMAX feature, 40 mins, contributing writer)
Slavery by Another Name (PBS 2012, documentary feature, 84 minutes, writer)
Inside Story (Discovery Learning Alliance and Quizzical Pictures, 2011, dramatic feature, 98 minutes, story by)
Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen, 4th edition (Burlington, Ma.: Focal Press 2016)
Archival Storytelling with Kenn Rabin (Burlington, Ma.: Focal Press 2008)


SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
NYFA Named Fellowship, Playwriting/Screenwriting
Emmy Award, Writing
Peabody Award, Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
Erik Barnouw Award, Organization of American Historians
CINE Golden Eagle 

Links to:

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website