Jared T. Frederick

Instructor, History
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Smith Building, C129F

Jared Frederick is an Instructor of History who specializes in American History and Public History. Receiving his M.A. from West Virginia University in 2012, Frederick has also served as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and publisher of historical books for young adults. Highly involved with regional museums, cultural attractions, and institutions, he is a strong proponent of grassroots history. With this conviction in mind, he helped establish Penn State Altoona’s Public History Initiative in 2013 to build a collaborative spirit among local historic sites and offer students career-building opportunities at such venues. Beyond central Pennsylvania, he has completed projects in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, NASA, and Pennsylvania Civil War 150. Additionally, he has served as a commentator on a number of films and documentaries. His areas of expertise include American History, U.S. Military History, Public History, Pennsylvania History, and Film. His most recent book is "Images of Modern America: Gettysburg National Military Park" (2016). Above all else, he strives to bring the past to life through meaningful educational experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Research Interests

U.S. History

American Civil War

World War II

Pennsylvania History

Local History

Public History

History vs. Hollywood

Historical Memory

Historical Preservation


Ph D, Public Heritage, Penn State Harrisburg

MA, History, West Virginia Univeristy

BA, History, Penn State University