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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise
- Digital History
- History of Comics
- History of Media and Communications
- Museum Studies
Tad Suiter has a PhD in US history from George Mason University, an MA in American Studies from UMass Boston, and a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Simon's Rock College. He studies the history of communications and media.
His dissertation, titled "'Vulgarizing American Children': Navigating Respectability and Commercial Appeal in Early Newspaper Comics," focused on how the newspaper industry and its readers responded to the introduction of comic supplements.
Along with the Smithsonian's Nancy Pope, he curated the exhibit "systems@work" for the National Postal Museum, a permanent exhibit focused on how mail moved across the nation throughout history. He also designed and created digital exhibits about several topics for the Arlington Public Library in Arlington County, Virginia, most notably "projectDAPS," an online archive of the desegregation of public schools in that county.
His more recent research has focused on the history of children's television, particularly "Sesame Street" and "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," and a lot of reading related to trauma-informed pedagogy, inclusive educational design, and disability studies related to higher education.
COM 110 - Digital Literacy COM 210 - Writing at Work
Communications and Media, General Education