Program Directors and Program Faculty

George W. Boudreau joined the faculty La Salle University in 2014 as Director of Public History, having previously taught for thirteen years at Penn State Capital College; prior to that, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University.  He received his Ph.D. in history at Indiana University (1998) and is currently completing a book, Interpreting Historic Sites (Alta Mira, for the American Association of State and Local History), as well as a book on Benjamin Franklin and useful knowledge in eighteenth-century Philadelphia.  He works with several Philadelphia-area historical sites and museums in a variety of projects.

The recipient of research fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Winterthur Library and Museum, the David Library of the American Revolution, and Monticello, Dr. Boudreau was also the founding editor of Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.   A recognized expert on Franklin, Dr. Boudreau has lectured as a part of Teaching American History workshops sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates, Gilder Lehrman workshops, and the NEH’s “Picturing America” initiative.  His book Independence: An Guide to Historic Philadelphia appeared in 2012.


Carol Baldridge taught for many years at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where she regularly introduced her third graders to the lives of early Pennsylvanians Benjamin Franklin, Richard Allen, and Benjamin West.  She is now an educational consultant specializing in early America and Holocaust studies.  In addition to serving as associate director during our 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 workshops, she has extensive experience in public history, museum education, and museum administration.  A former curatorial staff member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, she has served on the boards of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, is a volunteer collier at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. In 2008, she was a participant in NEH Landmarks workshops in Lowell, Massachusetts and New York City.


Program Faculty


Zara Anishanslin is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York.  She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware in 2009, and won the prize for best dissertation in the humanities.  In 2011, she received the Zuckerman Prize, a national award of the University of Pennsylvania for the Best Dissertation in American Studies.  From 2009-2010 she was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University.  Her first book, a history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic World told through the portrait of a woman in a silk dress, is forthcoming in 2016 from Yale University Press.  Anishanslin also serves as Co-Chair of the Seminar in Early American History and Culture at Columbia University.  In 2014-2015, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.


Julianne Baird, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, has been hailed a “national artistic treasure” (New York Times) and as a “well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque.” She “possesses a natural musicianship which engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty.” The London Times has called her Handel performances “exquisitely stylish.” This estimable artist maintains a busy concert and recording schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.  In addition to her major roles in a series of acclaimed recordings of Handel and Gluck operatic premieres, new releases include the complete Biblical Cantatas of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre with Brandywine Baroque. New additions to her more than 130 solo discs, include “French Chansons from the time of Sermisy” (February 2015) with the London based group Zephyrus. “Love Songs of Albrecht Mendelssohn (Felix’s grandson) and “Apollo’s Muse” featuring music for Clavicytherium with cantatas by Marc Antonio Pasqualini. Baird has been Professor at Large and adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth since 2011.  Her 2015 season includes a tour with famed Dutch Baroque flutist and conductor, Bart Kuijken. Dr. Julianne Baird is recognized internationally as one whose “virtuosic vocal style is firmly rooted in scholarship.” Her publications include Introduction to the Art of Singing (Cambridge University Press), now in its third printing, and Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin (2007).


Stuart Leibiger is professor and chair of the History Department at La Salle University.  He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His book, Founding Friendship:  George Washington, James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 1999.  He has written numerous articles on the Founders for historical magazines and journals, and has been a historical consultant for television documentaries and museums.  He has worked on the editorial staffs of the Papers of George Washington and the Papers of Thomas Jefferson.  He has taught Teacher Workshops in sixteen states and Washington, D.C.  A former Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, he edited A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013.


Edward A. Mauger.  After early retirement as associate dean at Rutgers University, he authored the well-received Philadelphia Then and Now and Philadelphia in Photographs.  He also designs and conducts a variety of historic walking tours in the Philadelphia region.  He served as a consultant to the official promotional partner of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary in the development of Franklin-related tours, events, and presentations.  He collaborates with his wife, Julianne Baird, researching and presenting concert narration for recitals such as Shakespeare’s Musick, Handel’s London and the extremely popular Benjamin Franklin’s Musical World.  Mr. Mauger’s research and presentations on colonial Philadelphia have resulted in appearances on PBS’s History Detectives, the History Channel’s Sex and the American Revolution, and ABC’s Good Morning America.  He was founding president of the Association of Philadelphia Tourguides, and coordinates its annual Guides’ Certification course.


Judith Van Buskirk is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Cortland.  A historian of the peoples and communities of the American Revolution, she challenged longstanding assumptions about “Fortress Britannia” in her first book Generous Enemies: Patriots and Loyalists in Revolutionary New York, a study that showed how communities and families maintained and established ties across military lines.  Currently, she is completing a book that explores the lives and memories of African American men who fought in the War for Independence.  Dr. Van Buskirk splits her time between Cortland and Philadelphia, where she maintains an active interest in humanities presentation ranging from lecturing to Elderhostel programs to participating in theatrical productions.


David Waldstreicher is professor of history at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.  A cultural and political historian by training, he specializes in the eras of the American Revolution and the early republic.  His first book, In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism won the Jamestown Prize of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.  Among his numerous other publications are Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution; Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification; The Struggle against Slavery: A History in Documents as well as co-edited Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic.  Previous to his current appointment, he taught at Bennington College, Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and Temple University.


Michael Zuckerman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, emeritus, did his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. at Harvard.  His first book, Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century, helped inaugurate the New Social History.  He has had fellowships from SSRC, NEH, Guggenheim, ACLS, Rockefeller, Fulbright, Bellagio, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.  He has presented lectures and scholarly papers on five continents.  His subsequent writings have ranged widely in such areas as American identity, popular culture, and the history of childhood and the family.  He recently did a new introduction to Thomas Jefferson’s autobiography, and he is currently at work on a study of Benjamin Franklin’s ideas.