Department of History
West Chester University
506 Main Hall
Professor of History
American popular culture in the twentieth century; historical methodology; U. S. environmental history; Pennsylvania history; and public history.
Public and oral history; Pennsylvania history; environmental history; History and new media.
Professor Hardy (Ph.D. Temple University, 1989) joined the West Chester University faculty in 1990, after a decade working as a documentary producer and historical consultant. He remains active in public history and oral history, consulting with documentary producers, government agencies, museums, and other organizations on a broad range of projects. Supervising Historian for ExplorePAhistory.com since 2003, he has served as president of the Oral History Association (2008-2009), as a member of the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation (2004-2010); and on the Advisory Board of an IMLS-NEH Digital Partnership grant on best practices for oral history digitization (2009-2011). He is currently the Internship Coordinator for the Department.