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. As a historian of Chicago and the Midwest, Dr. Boyle studies the movement of people in space, from women navigating the streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago to groups migrating across the Midwest over time. Dr. Boyle also manages constituent relationship management systems for cultural organizations and explores how to apply cooperative principles to history work.

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. 


Digital Humanities

Primary Administrator, Omnia Database Management
Website and Research Database Redesign, Evanston Women's History Project
Curator, Midwest Connections Digital Exhibit, Newberry Library
Curator, Place of Protest Digital Exhibit, Chicago Collections Consortium

Public History

Cultural Cooperatives
Courses and Workshops
Chrysler Village History Project


“North Clark Street’s Fight Against Vice,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 4, 1898
Gender, Violence, and Urban Space
Untitled design (1)
Midwestern History

Awards and Fellowships

  • 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