Council Member, Research Division


The Working Historian LLC

Erin Greenwald is a historian and public humanities professional with The Working Historian LLC. She was formerly vice president of public programs at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, where she oversaw statewide grantmaking and serves as editor in chief of 64 Parishes, a magazine and website dedicated to exploring Louisiana history and culture. Prior to joining the LEH, she was curator of programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art and senior curator and historian at the Historic New Orleans Collection. In 2015 Greenwald curated the exhibition Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History and later traveled the country thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a public historian she has promoted increased awareness of New Orleans’s role in the slave trade, leading a 2018 Tricentennial Commission initiative to erect markers on sites tied to the trade. Her work, including Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana (2016), A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies (2013), and articles in edited collections, focuses on the French Atlantic world. She holds a PhD in history from Ohio State University.