Director of Public History and Assistant Professor of History
Wendy Soltz is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Ball State University. She received her PhD in 2016 from the Ohio State University, and specializes in U.S. history, Jewish history, public history, museum studies, and digital history. In 2017, the Association for Jewish Studies Review published her article “Just Miles Away but Worlds Apart: Examining Jewish Participation in Integration Programs at Black Mountain College and Highlander Folk School, 1933-1964.” Her work also has been featured in two PBS specials. Dr. Soltz has curated seven solo exhibitions in Illinois, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. Dr. Soltz served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society from 2017 to 2020 and now, funded by a grant from the National Parks Service, she is completing the Indiana Synagogue Mapping Project (ISMP) which documents all of the synagogues across the State of Indiana many of which have been destroyed or are endangered.