Hi, my name is Jennifer Pleska and I’m a graduate student in the Archives and Public History program at New York University. My love of history started at a very early age. My wonderful parents originally sparked my interest in history through various family vacations during my childhood. Trips to historic sites such as Jamestown, Gettysburg, and the Henry Ford Museum ignited my passion for history and influenced my educational and professional path.
I am originally from Northeastern Ohio and attended college at Miami University in Oxford, OH. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. Following graduation, I moved to Washington, DC and worked for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. I absolutely loved living in the nation’s capital. I spent my free time visiting the city’s numerous museums, traveling to historic sites in Virginia and Maryland, and volunteering as a docent for the National Park Service.
I always knew I wanted to continue my studies at the graduate level. Before coming to NYU, I completed one year of graduate study at Boston College where I concentrated my studies on nineteenth-century U.S. history. My research at BC included topics such as civil rights museums in the American South, the United States Civil War Centennial Commission, and Southern Civil War memory. I am excited to be a part of NYU’s program and to focus my studies in the field of public history. After I finish my degree, I hope to work as a museum educator for a historic institution.