Dr. Sandra L. Norman

Ph.D., Brown University
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • United States History
  • Public History
  • Material Culture

Email: norman@fau.edu
Office Phone: (561) 297-2621

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Dr. Norman specializes in hands-on history; environmental, technological, and material. She believes in student involvement in history and has developed an Internship in Public History to enable students to gain experience working in museums and historical societies. Her public history work has resulted in preservation studies of the Town of Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Key West, Pompano Beach, and Gulfstream, Florida. Currently she is Past-President of the Society for Industrial Archaeology.

Dr. Norman's museum work has included museum and exhibit design in the Bahamas and south Florida. History and archaeology are combined in work on early English settlement in the Bahamas. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Teaching Incentive Program Award.


Undergraduate courses

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Introduction to Public History
  • American Material Culture to 1865
  • American Material Culture from 1865
  • History of American Technology
  • History of American Technology to 1865
  • History of American Technology from 1865
  • World Civilization I
  • World Civilization I (Honors Section)
  • American Environmental History
  • Undergraduate Honors Seminar
  • Freshman Seminar
  • U.S. Survey I and II
  • The American Civil War
  • U.S. Military History to 1865
  • Senior Seminar - 1840s in America

Graduate courses

  • Graduate Seminar in Public History
  • Graduate Readings Course in Public History
  • Internship in Public History - Graduate and Undergraduate
  • Graduate Reading Course in Material Culture
  • Graduate Seminar in American Technology
  • Graduate Readings Course in American Environmental History
  • Graduate Seminar in American Environmental History
  • Graduate Readings Course in Colonial American History
  • PhD. Course - with Dr. Susan Love Brown - Comparative Cultures

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)