Rachel Boyle, PhD


Dr. Rachel Boyle is a co-founder of Omnia History, a public history collaborative dedicated to using the past to promote social change in the present. She currently teaches Chicago history courses for diverse audiences, researches and writes about gender and labor history, and collaborates on digital history projects.

Dr. Boyle brings over ten years of experience in the field of public history, having worked with cultural organizations across the Midwest including the Minnesota Historical Society, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, and the Newberry Library. She holds her PhD in U.S. and Public History from Loyola University Chicago. 


Public Scholarship

“North Clark Street’s Fight Against Vice,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 4, 1898
Gender, Violence, and Urban Space
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Midwestern History

Current Projects

Courses and Workshops
Historic Resource Study of Weir Farm National Historical Park
Cultural Cooperatives

Awards and Fellowships

  • Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians, April 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19)
  • Wiki Scholar, Wiki Education Foundation, 2018
  • Mellon Major Projects Postdoctoral Fellow, Newberry Library 2017-2018
  • Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Awards, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, Alice Smith Prize in Public History, Midwestern History Association, 2017
  • National Council on Public History Student Project Award, March 2017
  • Newberry Library Graduate Scholar-In-Residence, 2016-2017
  • Loyola University Chicago Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Loyola University Chicago President’s Medallion for Leadership, Scholarship, and Service, 2015
  • King V. Hostick Scholarship, Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2015

Curriculum Vitae