Aiden M. Bettine

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Humanities for the Public Good Graduate Fellow
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Aiden M. Bettine is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History and a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, working at the intersection of public history and archival science. He holds both a Bachelor’s in History and African & Black Diaspora Studies and a Master’s in Critical Ethnic Studies from DePaul University. His public facing doctoral work is grounded in interdisciplinary methodologies with an emphasis on developing local oral history projects and companion archives. Aiden is founder of the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa with a mission to recognize, collect, preserve, and celebrate the lives and stories of transgender and gender non-conforming people across the state, while simultaneously building a digital archive of transgender history. His dissertation research examines the development of community archives in the city of Chicago, wrestling with issues of race, sexuality, access, preservation, knowledge production, historical memory, and the contemporary practice of public history.