Public Humanities Lab

The HRC Public Humanities Lab serves as a central hub for connecting students, faculty, staff, and other community practitioners engaged in the research, pedagogy, and practice of public humanities. The goal of the Public Humanities Lab is to foster the practice of collaborative work on history, heritage, and culture, connect humanistic inquiry with civic and cultural engagement, and to build sustainable relationships among VCU and its broader communities.

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Maggie Unverzagt Goddard ( and Dr. Brian Daugherity (

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Public Humanities Lab

Meet the Team

Maggie Goddard

Maggie Goddard, Ph.D.


Maggie Unverzagt Goddard is the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow for the East Marshall Street Well Project. Her interdisciplinary research on the politics of aesthetics and memory work engages visual culture studies, public humanities, and critical theories of the body. She has a background in curation, public engagement, digital storytelling, and data visualizations. At Brown, she created Tiny Exhibits, a rotating installation series at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She also worked on Rhode Tour, a statewide mobile historical app, and Mapping Violence, a digital research project that documents histories of racial violence in Texas. Her research  has been published in The Journal of Popular Culture, Women and Performance, Fwd: Museums, and the edited collection Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials and received awards from the Popular Culture Association and Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. She has taught courses on museums, archives, memory studies, urban cultural history, and material culture. Dr. Goddard holds a PhD in American Studies and an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University.


Brian Daugherity

Brian Daugherity, Ph.D.


Brian Daugherity is a professor of History. His research focuses on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision in Virginia, and he has authored or co-authored three books on this subject. He teaches courses on the History of the Civil Rights Movement, the History of Virginia, and the History of the United States since 1865. Dr. Daugherity has given papers at numerous conferences, including those sponsored by the Organization of American Historians, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, History of Education Society, Oral History Association, Southern Historical Association, and the Virginia Forum. He has received grants to fund his research and related projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke University, and the College of William & Mary, among others. He is currently co-authoring a monograph, and co-producing a documentary film, with Dr. Jody L. Allen on the 1968 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Charles Green v. New Kent County, Virginia.

Upcoming Events

Pamela Turner
Pamela Taylor Turner

April 18, 2024

Public Humanities Here and Now: Pamela Taylor Turner

4:00 p.m. (Valentine House 201)

The speaker for this event is Pamela Tuner, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging, VCUarts.

Past Events