Hi. I'm Emily Esten.

As a senior at UMass Amherst pursuing a BA in History and Digital Humanities, I'm interested in 18th/19th century American history, new media, and public humanities.

Learn about what I do

Here's all the stuff I do.


The freedom of the undergraduate history program at UMass has allowed me to pursue my interests in 19th and 20th century American history and public history. Through the UMass BDIC program, I designed my second major, Digital Humanities, to complement my primary interests and immerse myself in this burgeoning academic field.

Field Experience

I've completed several internships in museums, libraries, historic homes, publishing houses, and research assistantships. I'm excited to use the methods of the historical discipline and my background in historic knowledge to explore narratives of the past.


With an active digital presence of Tumblr & Twitter, I try to share my experiences in navigating academia, research, and discovering new projects in history/public humanities.

Here’s my portfolio.

Projects, Internships, Papers, Presentations

Rhode Island Historical Society

Visitor Services Intern, Summer 2015

I developed curriculum packets to complement Museum tours for local schoolteachers, led Museum tours and walking tours of downtown Providence for high school students, and engaged with visitors on the floor & provided fast assistance to visitors.

University of Massachusetts Press

Editorial Intern, 2014-2015

I sourced potential authors to produce new materials, supervised the creation and continuation of the UMass Press blog, and created fact sheets to analyze press growth and success.

New Bedford Whaling Musuem

Archives Intern, Summer 2014

I developed content for NBWM Library's blog interpreting pieces from the collection, maintained meticulous cataloging system for manuscripts, and XML-coded finding aids for local history collections.

Mill River Greenway Initiative

Spring 2015

Public History Workshop course, where four students and I collaborated with local organization to create an interpretive project on environmental history

Research Assistant


Contributed to Dr. Marla Miller's research for "New Bedford Whaling National Historic Site: Ethnohistory of Ethnic Whalemen and their Communities in the New Bedford Area"

She Is Historic

Sharing experiences in history, digital humanities, public history, and research

Old Chapel Project

Professor Poehler's Honors 391A class sought to document the UMass campus landmark

UMass New Media

News feed for Professor Russworm's TBL video games and new media classes

Let's stay in touch.

I'm always looking for new opportunities. Send me an email at estenemily@gmail.com

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