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Melissa Ziobro, M.A.

Specialist Professor, Public History

Scholarly interests: Public History (Museums/Archives, Oral History, etc), U.S. History, NJ History

M.A., Monmouth University

Office
Howard Hall, 328
Phone
732-232-4819
Email
mziobro@monmouth.edu
Web site
Melissa Ziobro, M.A.
Office Hours
By appointment
Regularly Taught Courses
HS 101: Western Civ I
HS 102: Western Civ II
HS 104: U.S. History II
HS 212: Introduction to Public History
HS 310: Business and Economic Development of the U.S.
HS 312: Oral History
HS 317: Museum and Archives Management Basics
FY 101: History and Hollywood
Internship and Thesis Advising
About

Melissa Ziobro is the Specialist Professor of Public History and the primary point of contact for the public history minor. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program and the Department’s social media and newsletter. She serves as the campus coordinator for the National History Day program, and the faculty advisor for the History and Anthropology Club.

Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She works regularly with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more.

She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

Publications
Books

Book Chapters:

“African American Women in the Public Square: Admiral Michelle Howard,” in Hettie Williams’ Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History, ABC-Clio Incorporated, December 2017

“This Manifest Indignity: Hollywood’s Portrayal of the Gender Integration of the Armed Forces in the World War II Era,” in Performing Difference: Representations of the ‘Other’ in Film and Theater, University Press of America: 2008

“William Blair,” in Christopher Sterling, ed., Military Communications from Ancient Times to the 21st Century, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008

Scholarly Articles

“’The almighty dollar will buy you, you bet/ A superior class of coronet’: Biographical Sketches of N.J.’s Gilded Age ‘Dollar Princesses,’” in NJ Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Summer 2018 Vol. 4 No. 2

“369th Sustainment Brigade,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Fall 2017 Vol. 23 No. 2

“The 100th Anniversary of Fort Monmouth,” by Floyd Hertweck, Susan Thompson, and Melissa Ziobro, in NJ Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Summer 2017 Vol. 3 No. 2

“COL William Blair,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Fall 2016 Vol. 22 No. 2

Organizational Heritage: Monmouth Memories Oral History Program,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Blog, 11 July 2016

“Military Bases,” in Charlene Mires’s The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Rutgers-Camden: Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH), July 2015

“The Navesink Military Reservation,” in  On Point: The Journal of Army History , Spring 2016 Vol. 21 No. 4

Review of Paul D. Walker’s, “Adolphus Washington Greely: A Man of Indomitable Courage,” in  On Point: The Journal of Army History , Winter 2016 Vol. 21 No. 3

“Adolphus W. Greely,” in  On Point: The Journal of Army History , Fall 2015 Vol. 21 No. 2

“The Military and Sweets,” in Darra Goldstein’s The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Oxford: Oxford University Press, May 2015

“Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Abramowitz,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Summer 2014 Vol. 20 No. 1

Review of LTG Clarence E. McKnight, Jr.’s, “From Pigeon’s to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Changes to Military Communications,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2014 Vol. 19 No. 4

“Separation and Discharge,” in G. Kurt Piehler’s Encyclopedia of Military Science, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2013

“Personnel Evaluation,” in G. Kurt Piehler’s Encyclopedia of Military Science, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2013

Review of Lisa M. Mundey’s, “American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Summer 2013 Vol. 19 No. 1

Review of Anna Simon and Ann Hampton’s, “Kimberly’s Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2013 Vol. 18 No. 4

“Skirted Soldiers: The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during WWII,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2012 Vol. 17 No. 4

Review of Melissa McEuen’s, “Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941-1945,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2012 Vol. 17 No. 4

“Focus: A Far Reaching Voice,” in MilsatMagazine, December 2011, 36-41.

“Fort Monmouth, NJ: From Signal to CECOM LCMC,” in Social Science Docket, Summer-Fall 2011

Review of Doris Milberg’s, “WWII on the Big Screen: 450+ Hollywood Films, 1938-2008,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Summer 2011 Vol. 17 No. 1

“The Communications-Electronics Command Life Cycle Management Command tied to Signal Corps,” in Army Communicator, June 2010 Vol. 35 No. 2

“Fort Monmouth, New Jersey,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2009 Vol. 14 No. 4

“AMC CG’s family, fort past, connected,” in Spectra, February 2009 Issue 2

Presentations/Invited Talks

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Tower Hill Luncheon, November 2018

“Fort Monmouth, NJ: 1917-2011,” Foundations, November 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” The Questors, November 2018

“’The almighty dollar will buy you, you bet/ A superior class of coronet’: Biographical Sketches of N.J.’s Gilded Age ‘Dollar Princesses,’” NJ Historical Commission Annual Conference, Monmouth University, November 2018

“The Bruce Springsteen Archive and Center for American Music as Learning Laboratory,” NJ Historical Commission Annual Conference, Monmouth University, November 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Monmouth Museum, October 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Historical Society of Ocean Grove, September 2018

“’If you really want to do something, go for it:’ Admiral Michelle Howard and the pioneering women who came before her,” Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable, September 2018

“Fort Monmouth, NJ: 1917-2011,” Little Silver Library, July 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, June 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Seabrook Village, May 2018

“Monmouth Racetrack and the Jersey Derby,” Point Pleasant Historical Society, May 2018

“Monmouth County’s Own Hidden Figures:  NJ’s Fort Monmouth Once Touted as the ‘Black Brain Center’ of the U.S.,” CHHANGE Symposium, Brookdale Community College, May 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” New Leaf Tea Room, April 2018

“The Bruce Springsteen Archive and Center for American Music as Learning Laboratory,” Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium, Monmouth University, April 2018 (Panel Organizer/Chair)

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” NJ Daughters of the American Revolution Annual Convention (Keynote Speaker), April 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Union Landing Historical Society, April 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Middletown Historical Society, April 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Long Branch Public Library, April 2018

“Classroom Conduits: Creating and Interpreting Student Oral History Projects,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference, American University, Washington, DC, March 2018 (Panel Chair)

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Long Branch Public Library, March 2018

“The Golden Age of Film,” Brandywine Senior Living Facility, March 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Lake Ridge Women’s Club, March 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Brandywine Senior Living Facility, February 2018

“Monmouth County’s Own Hidden Figures:  NJ’s Fort Monmouth Once Touted as the ‘Black Brain Center’ of the U.S.,” Monmouth County Library- Eastern Branch, February 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Ocean County Historical Society, January 2018

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” The Questors, January 2018

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Hoboken Historical Museum, December 2017

“’If you really want to do something, go for it:’ Admiral Michelle Howard and the pioneering women who came before her,” 1719 William Trent House Museum, November 2017

“’And they had the air raid, and we didn’t care. We was still out there cooking that chicken:’ Food, Film, and the WWII GI,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2017

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” NJ Historical Commission Annual Conference, Rowan University, November 2017

“A Crowdsourced Commemoration of ‘the Great War’,” NJ Historical Commission Annual Conference, Rowan University, November 2017

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Tower Hill luncheon, October 2017

“The Assassination of President Garfield,” Monmouth University Business Council, September 2017

“The World’s Fair: Relevant or Relegated to the Museum?” Brandywine Senior Living Facility, May 2017

“’We Were from New York and we didn’t take any crap from anybody’: Harlem and the 369th in WWII,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference, Columbia University, April 2017

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Battle of the Bulge Veterans of NJ luncheon, April 2017

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Parker Homestead, April 2017

“What Do You Believe: Conspiracy Theories,” Brandywine Senior Living Facility, April 2017

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Union Landing Historical Society, April 2017

“American Women and Royal Marriages: the Economic Implications of Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Point Pleasant Historical Society, March 2017

“Hidden Figures: African American Scientists at Fort Monmouth and Camp Evans,” InfoAge Science History Learning Center, February 2017

“American Women and Royal Marriages: the Economic Implications of Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 2016

“The Military Presence in Norman Mailer’s Long Branch,” Norman Mailer Society Conference, Monmouth University, NJ, September 2016

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Squan Historical Society, June 2016

“Oral History and Historic Site Interpretation at Battery Lewis,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference, The Hagley Museum, April 2016

“Fort Monmouth, NJ, and WWI,” Point Pleasant Historical Society, April 2016

“American Women and Royal Marriages: NJ’s Real-Life Lady Coras,” Middletown Public Library, March 2016

Welcome Address, Battle of the Bulge Veterans of NJ luncheon, November 2015

“Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County, and WWI,” Middletown Public Library, November 2015

“‘This Manifest Indignity: Hollywood’s Portrayal of Women at War in the WWII Era,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015

Keynote speaker, “Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County, and WWI,” 19th annual Monmouth County Archives and History Day, Monmouth County Archives, Manalapan, NJ, October 2015

Panel Chair, “New Jersey and Race,” Monmouth University’s Fourth Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race, Monmouth University, NJ, April 2015

“‘This manifest indignity:’ Hollywood’s Portrayal of Women in the Military in the WWII era,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2014

Get the Message Through: Women Have Rights, Too,” Peace History Society Conference, Georgian Court College, NJ, October 2014

“”The manner…in which some of these kids act is just appalling to me:” Oral Histories of Student Veterans at Monmouth University,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014

“’It was important that the soldiers got it first:’ Atlantic City’s Salt Water Taffy Comforts Generations of Servicemen and Women,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 2013

William Blair: Flying Under the Radar No More,” The Society for History in the Federal Government/ Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Joint Conference, College Park, MD, April 2013

“‘Eating it Like a Sissy:’ The Often Gendered Reactions to Variations of the Cheesesteak,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2011

“The Relocation of the U.S. Army CECOM,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Spring Conference 2011, Philadelphia, PA, May 2011

“A National ‘Black Brain Center’ Nestled in Post-WWII NJ,” 25th Annual New Jersey History Conference, Trenton, NJ, November 2008

“’The Simple Headquarters of a Grant or Lee Were Gone Forever:’ Gender Integration as an Exigency of Modern Warfare,” 5th International Peace History Society Conference, Georgian Court College, NJ, October 2007

“Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Southwest Asia,” Conference of Army Historians, Arlington, VA, August 2007

“’Pollyanna’ Perseveres: An Analysis of the Coping Mechanisms Employed By Women Integrating Into the U.S. Army during WWII,” 9th Annual Women’s History Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, March 2007

“’Skirted Soldiers’ Get the Message Through: An Analysis of the Gender Integration of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, World War II,” 15th Annual Women and Society Conference, Marist College, NY, November 2006