Kathleen Hulser was curator at the New York Transit Museum from 2016 to 2021, and was public historian and education curator at the New-York Historical Society from 1999-2011. She has a BA in philosophy from McGill University and an MA in history from New York University. She works on public history projects such as Incorrigibles (the history of incarcerated girls), and has taught urban studies and American history at NYU, the New School for Social Research, and Pace University. She also creates independent digital humanities projects, such as The War of 1812 augmented reality cell phone project, and the cell phone tour Hidden Sites of Slavery and Freedom.
Kathleen has extensively trained docents, created educational packages and mapped walking tours. Her lectures and walking tours of New York include Uppity Women of Downtown New York, The Underground Railroad in New York, and Lighted Signs of Times Square. She has worked on the curatorial teams for Slavery in New York and New York Divided, and was a co-curator of Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery.
Kathleen Hulser has also curated numerous other major history exhibitions including Navigating New York: Subway Maps; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Petropolis: A Social History of Animal Companions; and Up on a Roof: Life on New York City’s Rooftops. Her published work includes The Trouble with Troubled Girls (2020), co-edited with Alison Cornyn; “Slavery as History at the New-York Historical Society” in The Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in Public Space (2012; “Click History: Anywhere, Anytime” with Steve Bull in Museums, Mobile Devices and Social Media (2010); “Teaching New York’s African American History in Widening Digital Circles” in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (2011); and Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, co-edited with Cynthia R Copeland and Lowery Stokes Sims (2005).