About Janneken

Historian, writer, quiltmaker.

Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University, specializes in digital and public history and material culture. She also serves as the co-editor of the Oral History Review. In the classroom, she integrates technology and the humanities, working with students to create digital projects, including the award-winning Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia and Philadelphia Immigration. Janneken consults on digital projects for non-profits and museums and leads workshops on digital tools and strategies. Author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins, 2013), Janneken lectures and writes about quilts for popular and academic audiences. She hosts and co-produces Running Stitch, A QSOS Podcast. She was the 2015 co-recipient of WCU’s E. Riley Holman Memorial Faculty Award for innovative teaching and currently serves as WCU’s Faculty Associate for Teaching & Learning. Learn more at janneken.org.

My quilt project, accompanying the written one…