Sandra A. Arnold

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Sandra Arnold is a public historian from rural Tennessee where members of her family were once enslaved.  She earned her B.A. in History from Fordham University and is currently the Graduate Fellow for the Study of the Public History of Slavery at Brown University, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage.  Her career to date includes work in education and arts administration, as well as co-producing  public programs with the United Nations Department of Public Information.  Sandra's additional research and interests include racial reconciliation, photography and filmmaking.


Amanda Granger

PROJECT MANAGER 

Amanda Granger is the project manager for American Graduate Day, an annual live multiplatform broadcast highlighting education issues airing nationally on PBS stations across the country.  Prior to leading American Graduate Day, she was the manager of content marketing for StoryCorps, America's oral history project.  She began her career in public media at WNET (THIRTEEN) managing national outreach initiatives and creating educational resources for PBS documentary films, including the series American Masters, Finding Your Roots, Nature, and Shakespeare Uncovered. Amanda graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Global Studies, and has a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education.


Christy Pottfroff

CONTENT COORDINATOR  

Christy Pottroff writes about and teaches early American literature and culture. As a writer, Christy recovers neglected and forgotten stories that are integral to an honest understanding of the past—one that accounts for the voices of people of color, women, and the poor. Her current project, Citizen Technologies: the U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature, demonstrates how people used the postal system to form new and revolutionary connections in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow in Early Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral candidate at Fordham University. 


Margaret Sanford

PROJECT ASSISTANT

Margaret Sanford is currently studying Anthropology and African Studies at Fordham University.  Her work experience includes positions with the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Sons of Norway Nordic Center in her hometown of Duluth, MN. Margaret's interest in public memory and memorials inspired independent research projects at the United States Holocaust Museum and various genocide memorials located throughout Rwanda. Her additional interests include post-conflict reconciliation and photojournalism.