North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

Sarah Doherty

Assistant Professor of History

North Park’s urban campus is part of what drew Professor Sarah Doherty to the history department, along with a well-rounded curriculum and the ability to work one-on-one with students. “All academic majors at North Park are rooted in a broad core curriculum. Professors to get to know students on an individual basis and are committed to their progress and career aspirations,” says Professor Doherty.

For Professor Doherty’s students, those aspirations involve a variety of careers related to history. “A degree in history is a solid foundation for endless career opportunities,” she says. “Through my public history and museum studies training, I have worked at a variety of museums, research libraries, and historical societies, and have professional connections throughout the country. I’m able to help interested students identify internships and jobs in the cultural sector.”

Professor Doherty’s students receive a lively and engaging classroom experience where there is critical analysis, research, and writing. These skills offer students skills far beyond historical inquiry and are useful in a wide spectrum of possible paths.

Recent Publications

Sarah Doherty. Review: Elaine Lewinnek. The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl. The Historian (2015).

Consultant for Exhibit and Programs Redesign, Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. 2015.

Working group participant, “Establishing Standards in Public History Programs.” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Ottawa. 2013.

Oral historian, Dr. Helmut Epp Oral History Project, DePaul University. 2012–2013.

Popular Courses


  • Public history

  • America at War & Peace

  • Urban history

  • American Pluralism


All of these courses involve individual field work for research and projects and group Saturday field trips.

Inspirations & Interests

"I hold dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland."