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Gwynneth Malin

Administrative Director, MA Program & Associate Faculty
809 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Tuesday 2:00-5:00

B.A., History, Columbia University, 1991
M.A., History, New York University, 2004
Ph.D., History, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013

Gwynneth C. Malin is an historian and an archivist by training whose research interests focus on the intersections between local government, natural resources, and water infrastructure. Her dissertation was titled How Water Became Public in Progressive-Era New York, 1883-1917. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, New York Archives, The Public Historian, The Journal of Archival Organization, and at She has taught Local and Community History as an Adjunct Instructor for the Master's Program in Archives and Public History in the Department of History at NYU. She has directed various undergraduate and graduate academic programs at NYU on campus and abroad, including the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) summer research program for underrepresented students, the summer abroad programs and the pre-college program in the College of Arts and Science, and the NYU-Abu Dhabi Summer Academy located in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Florence, Italy. She is the Administrative Director of Gallatin's Master of Arts Program and Associate Faculty at Gallatin. Before working at NYU, she was a dancer and choreographer, a youth theater director, and a social worker.  

Teaching and Research Interests

water history; New York City history; local and community history; United States history; public history; race and ethnicity; queer history; graphic novels and comics 

Recent News

Visit this website for more information on current projects. 


Malin was invited by the Center for Brooklyn History to give a talk and lead a workshop titled In Sickness and in Health: A History of Sewers and Sanitation in Brooklyn   for K-12 educators held at the Greenpoint Public Library’s Environmental Education Center on March 25, 2023.


Malin's article “What is Public and What is Private in Water Provision: Insights from Nineteenth Century Philadelphia, Boston, and New York” was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science on May 18, 2022. 

Gwynneth Malin