Cynthia M. Koch

Public Historian in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Historical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies


B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Director, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park (1999–2010); on special detail for the National Archives and Records Administration (2011– ). Has also served as associate director of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture, and Community, an international leadership group of scholars, political leaders, and shapers of public opinion, convened by the University of Pennsylvania; executive director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; and director of Old Barracks Museum, a Revolutionary war site in Trenton, New Jersey. Author and editor of articles, public information publications, and other works on Roosevelt, the presidential library, culture wars, and scholarship in history museums, including The Roosevelt Notebooks (forthcoming); “Franklin Roosevelt’s Dutchness: At Home in the Hudson Valley,” in Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture; and “Roosevelt and His Library,” Prologue—Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration. Currently serves on the executive committee of the National Council on Public History; board service also includes Franklin D. Roosevelt Suite Restoration Project @ Adams House, Harvard College; American Association for State and Local History, editorial board; and Allaire Historic Village, trustee. At Bard since 2013.


Phone: 845-514-8457