As of January 2019, Ellen Brooks is the Oral Historian for the State Archives of North Carolina. Prior to this position, she served as the Oral Historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, WI for five years.
Ellen found her way to oral history through a passion for storytelling and public history. Prior to OHMA, she received BAs in History and Communications from Fordham University and interned at multiple cultural institutions, including the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Ellen is a founding member and current chair of the OHA Emerging Professionals Committee, holds a seat on the Columbia Oral History Alumni Association Board, and is a member of the SAA Oral History Steering Committee. She enjoys welcoming new voices into the oral history space, both practitioners and narrators. Ellen’s principle interests include archival practices, podcasting, digital humanities and the intersection of all these with oral history.