Jeanine Mazak-KahneAssociate Professor


  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MA, Duquesne University (Public History)
  • BA, Gannon University

Academic Interests

  • Public History
  • 20th-century US History
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Crime and Vice
  • Labor and Working Class


Jeanine Mazak-Kahne, associate professor, specializes in public history (archival studies, local history, museum studies), the history of Pennsylvania, and the history of organized crime.

Her current service projects explore the importance of partnerships between collegiate public history programs and local institutions as not only a tool for instruction but also a way to foster civic engagement in future public historians.

Mazak-Kahne's research focuses on organized crime in western Pennsylvania and its influence on the political economies of industrial communities. Current research projects center on voter fraud in Westmoreland County in the 1950s, gunrunning during the Cuban Revolution, and federal raids on illegal gambling houses in the 1960s.

Mazak-Kahne serves as the advisor to undergraduate Public History Certificate students.