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Cathy Gorn, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Cathy Gorn joined National History Day in 1982 when the organization was still based in Cleveland, Ohio, and was in its infancy. Her efforts fundamentally shaped the evolution of National History Day from a series of contests to a full-fledged, highly acclaimed international academic program.

Dr. Gorn received her B.A. in English from Kent State University in 1982, and her Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University 1992. She made numerous presentations on history education at forums for historians and teachers, including the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. Her publications on teaching history to young people have appeared in several professional journals. In addition, Dr. Gorn contributed to and served as editor for more than 40 curriculum guides and projects for National History Day.

Dr. Gorn has directed nearly three dozen national institutes for teachers of history and social studies. She served two terms on the Education Advisory Committee for the First Freedom Center, the Education Committee of the American Bar Association, and the Presidential Advisors for the National World War II Museum. Dr. Gorn currently serves on the White House Historical Association Education Committee and the National Capital Radio & Television Museum Board of Trustees.