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Brooke Bryan

Instructor of Cooperative Education

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302 South Hall

937-319-6139 ext. 2306



Brooke Bryan is Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College where she specializes in phenomenological oral history and undergraduate research frameworks. With expertise in qualitative interview methodology and the digital humanities, she develops partnerships and field-based research opportunities for and with Antioch students— scaffolding their intensive engagement with communities with interview projects in the WORK series.

As the co-op faculty who is the liaison with the Humanities division, Brooke is responsible for advising students with interests in a trans-disciplinary interstice that straddles the humanities (literature, philosophy, history), the humanistic social sciences (community studies), and media arts and communications (journalism, radio, film and documentary). She also maintains relationships with alumni and partners in Chicago, Philadelphia, Southwest Michigan (Detroit & Ann Arbor) and New Orleans. She is also the strategist and executive editor of the Cooperative Education website featuring student stories from the field. 

Supported by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Brooke directs Oral History in the Liberal Arts—a three-year initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supports undergraduate oral history research by providing open source workflows and technology stacks for tools in the digital humanities, and articulating pedagogical strategies for ‘high stakes’ teaching and learning through faculty-mentored oral history projects across 13 institutions.

M.A., Oral History Methodology, Antioch University, 2013
B.A., Classics, Antioch University, 2009
Selected Publications: 

A Closer Look at Community Partnerships, Oral History Review (2013) 40(1): 75-82 doi:10.1093/ohr/oht023 (

Bryan, B. (2012). Why here/why now: using websites to power community projects. In D. Boyd, S. Cohen, B. Rakerd, & D. Rehberger (Eds.), Oral history in the digital age. Institute of Library and Museum Services. (

Interview Project. Oral History Review (2010) 37 (1):71-73.doi: 10.1093/ohr/ohq035 (

Selected Presentations: 

*Supported by GLCA, led a team of scholars and librarians exploring undergraduate research paradigms at ILiADS at Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative; included funding for one student who was able to present on a panel, becoming a founding member of the Undergraduate Research Network 
*Instructor at Ohio Humanities' residential Oral History Institute at Kenyon College
*Supported by the Lloyd Family Fund at Antioch College, coached four students to present posters of their faculty-mentored research projects (conducted during WORK 425) exploring social justice themes at the 2015 Oral History Association meeting in Tampa Bay. 
*Led a workshop on digital tools for research at Oral History Association annual meeting, "Digging into Digital Platforms: One Interview/Four Tools"
*Served on the Grant Review panel for the Ohio History Fund, awarding $100,000 to 14 projects across the state
*Commissioned as an interviewer for Ohio History's Ohio Veterans Oral History project with the support of Ohio Humanities 
*Awarded $393,710 grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The three-year project, Oral History in the Liberal Arts, connects oral history and digital storytelling methods with experiential learning and undergraduate research paradigms-- developing a consortial archive and providing pedagogical tutorials and open source technology stacks to faculty and librarians across all 13 GLCA schools. The project is designed to provide micro-grants to more than 50 faculty, instructional staff, and students across GLCA over three years. 

WORK 150: Grit, Flow, All Humans Are Entrepreneurs
WORK 250: Working: Autoethnographic Experience
WORK 350: The Social Contexts of Work
WORK 425: Oral History Research Practicum
WORK475: Extended Field Experience
GS 110: Water Global Seminar
GS 140: Health Global Seminar
ENG 251: Expository Writing
CLCN 145: Community Reporting