Director of Public Projects
George Mason University
Sharon M. Leon is the Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor of History at George Mason University. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997, and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her first book, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, was published by University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Her work has appeared in Church History, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Public Historian, and a number of edited collections. She is currently doing research on the Catholic Left in the United States after Vatican II. At RRCHNM, Leon oversees collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. She directs the Center's digital exhibit and archiving projects, as well as research and tool development for public history, including Omeka and Scripto. Finally, Leon writes and presents on using technology to improve the teaching and learning of historical thinking skills.