Libby Bischof is an Associate Professor of History, and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science. She received her PhD in American History from Boston College (2005), and has been at USM since 2008, where she teaches courses on American History, Research Methods, Popular Culture, Maine History, and the History of Photography. She is passionate about teaching and advising, enjoys working with local K-12 teachers and students, and frequently collaborates with the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society.
Professor Bischof was recently appointed by the Governor to the Maine State Museum Commission, and also serves on the board of the local preservation group Spirits Alive. She is an avid reader, photographer, and letter writer and loves exploring Maine. She resides in Gorham with her husband Steve and her son Gus.
Professor Bischof's research interests include nineteenth century American social and cultural history; the history of Maine; the history of photography; modernism; fellowship and collaboration among late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century artists and writers; and turn-of-the-century American women writers. She is the author of Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940, with Susan Danly (Yale University Press, 2011), and the forthcoming Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015, with Susan Danly and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. (DownEast/The Maine Historical Society, fall 2015), as well as a variety of articles in The History Teacher, 19th Century, and The Maine Policy Review.
Professor Bischof also curated exhibitions (particularly photography) at the Portland Museum of Art, the University of New England, the Penobscot Marine Museum, and elsewhere. Her work in Digital Humanities stems from her interests in technology and popular culture and in making history public and accessible to a variety of communities. She is currently directing the Digital Maine project Documenting World War I Memorials in Maine.