MJ Rymsza-Pawlowska researches and teaches U.S. cultural history and public history theory and practice. She is the author of History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s (UNC Press, 2017) as well as numerous articles in scholarly and general interest publications. As part of her public history practice, MJ is currently on the Board of Directors at Humanities D.C. and Scholar-In-Residence at the Heurich House Museum. MJ also serves on the editorial board of Washington History magazine and as series editor of the National Council on Public History and National Park Service’s 250th Commemoration Scholars' Forums. MJ was born in Wrocław, Poland, but grew up in DC’s Brookland neighborhood. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling, visiting galleries and museums, and exploring the DMV.