Caroline Klibanoff

Public historian facilitating civic participation for young Americans through a national-scale collaboration, with a background in digital strategy and media production.

About Me

A sense of the past, and an understanding of how we remember it, is essential to building the future — and I am committed to helping Americans seek and find opportunities for civic participation, informed by the lessons and stories of our shared history. My work bridges the civic engagement sphere with public history, with an appreciation for collaborative practices, digital tools, and internet & pop culture.

As the program director for Made By Us, I mobilize history and civics institutions across the nation to engage Millennials and Gen-Z leading up to the nation’s 250th. I sit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and work alongside a steering committee of the nation’s leading history institutions.

Previously, I was the project manager for exhibitions at the MIT Museum, coordinating plans for the brand-new museum opening in 2021. I also worked in digital strategy for Big Tent Nation and the Bridge Alliance, where I developed and managed the Civvys Awards, the only national awards celebrating collaboration; launched #DemocracyChats; and helped roll out the inaugural National Week of Conversation.

I started my career in strategic communications and digital media at the Pew Research Center and then the FrameWorks Institute. I’ve worked for a variety of cultural heritage institutions including Longfellow House – George Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site; Northern Light Productions and the WWII Museum; the Cambridge Historical Society; and Northeastern University’s Digital Scholarship Group. On the side (and currently on hiatus) I launched a history blog co-written with my sisters, called Sistory.

Originally from Atlanta, I hold an M.A. in Public History and Digital Humanities from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in American Studies and Film and Media Studies from Georgetown University.

Interviews & Speaking

Young Change Makers: How Caroline Klibanoff of ‘Made By Us’ Is Helping To Make A Difference In Our World | Authority Magazine

This Public Historian is reminding those inside and outside her field that public history is everywhere and multigenerational. | Northeastern University

Inspiring Role Models Who Motivate Us to Fight for Lasting Change | Thrive Global

ADWEEK Panel on Life Disrupted – How Cultural Institutions Are Serving Gen-Z

Some Places I’ve Been


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