Marian Barber Joins Center as Associate Director

Wm. Roger Louis, director of the National History Center, recently announced that Marian J. Barber has joined the Center as associate director.

A native Texan and a graduate of Rice University, Barber holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an MA and PhD in history, also from UT- Austin. She has been a staff writer for the Kansas City Star and director of program development for the National Association for County Community and Economic Development and the Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. She has taught U.S. history and Texas history at UT-Austin and Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. She studies race, class, and ethnicity and is currently revising her dissertation, “How the Irish, Germans, and Czechs Became Anglo: Race and Identity in the Texas-Mexico Borderland,” for publication. She has worked for the National History Center as a volunteer since 2002 and has served as a program assistant for the Center’s International Seminar on Decolonization since 2008.

James Sheehan, chair of the Center’s board of trustees, praised outgoing assistant director Miriam Hauss Cunningham, who filled that key post for more than 10 years. “As the Center’s only staff member, Miriam had to do many different jobs and she did them all extraordinarily well, with energy, imagination, and unfailing good humor. We are sorry to see her go, but recognize how fortunate we were to have her for so long.  The Center is extremely lucky to have persuaded Marian Barber to take Miriam’s place.”