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Dr. H. Robert Baker –Co-Director

Georgia State University
College of Arts & Sciences, History Department

Dr. Baker is an associate professor of History specializing in legal and constitutional history. He is the author of The Rescue of Joshua Glover: A Fugitive Slave, the Constitution, and the Coming of the Civil War, winner of the Gambrinus Prize, and Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution. Together, these books treat comprehensively the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the fugitive slave clause. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has held a Fulbright scholarship and a Newberry Library short-term fellowship, and has received grants from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation and the American Historical Association to support his research. He offers specialized classes on the Founders’ Constitution, Bills of Rights in the Atlantic world, and co-teaches a course on Anglo-American legal history in the Georgia State University School of Law. In his role as co-director for the NEH Institute, Dr. Baker will provide the historical expertise for the creation of curriculum content.



Dr. Chara Haeussler Bohan – Co-Director

Georgia State University
College of Education, Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Dr. Chara Bohan is a professor of Education who specializes in education history and the teaching of history. She has authored more than 70 publications. She has written a book titled, Go to the Sources: Lucy Maynard Salmon and the Teaching of History, and co-edited several books, Histories of Social Studies and Race, 1865-2000; Clinical Teacher Education: Reflections from an Urban Professional Development Network; and American Educational Thought: Essays from 1640-1940. She has facilitated two Teaching American History grants. In 2016, she won the Distinguished Faculty Award from the GSU College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Bohan’s published work on race and women in the history of education, as well as the use of primary source documents in the teaching of history make her well-suited to co-direct the institute. Dr. Bohan will coordinate the overall curriculum for institute, including lectures, field-based components, and teaching projects; she will oversee the budget, website, recruitment, community outreach, and logistics.



Dr. Rhonda Kemp Webb – Grant Coordinator

Georgia State University
Cobb County History Teacher

Dr. Webb is an educator with 26 years experience who has been recognized for her success through honors including the American Association of Teaching and Learning’s John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award  and her school’s Teacher of the Year Award.  Dr. Webb has also worked with the Georgia Department of Education on US History curriculum development.  She serves as Lassiter High School’s Department Chair of the Social Studies and has coordinated the school’s Advanced Placement program. Dr. Webb earned a Ph.D. in education from Georgia State and is currently pursuing a second masters degree in history. Her research has been published in the American Educational History Journal and the International Handbook of Progressive Education.  She was also invited to present her work on Civil War history at the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Webb will advertise registration, select participants, coordinate logistics, assist participants during their stay in Atlanta, and build the institute’s website.




Mr. Charles HightGrant Intern

Georgia State University Doctoral Student
Atlanta Public Schools History Teacher
Adjunct Professor

Mr. Hight is an educator with 13 years of experience in both high school and post-secondary education. After working in the corporate world for Delta Airlines in Atlanta, he began his career in education by teaching social studies at Hiram High School in Paulding County, Georgia.   He served as history teacher, head coach, and professional learning lead at Hiram High School. Mr. Hight teaches Advanced Placement US history in the Atlanta Public Schools System.  In addition to teaching Advanced Placement U.S History at the high school level, Mr. Hight has also been an adjunct professor at both Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College since 2006. Mr. Hight is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social studies education at Georgia State University.

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