who we are


Dr. Elizabeth Catte is a public historian and writer whose work has been featured many outlets, including the GuardianNew Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and All Things Considered. She is the author of What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, co-editor of 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike, and an editor-at-large for West Virginia University Press. You can contact Dr. Catte by e-mailing elizabeth@passelhc.com.

Dr. Josh Howard is a public historian from Virginia who specializes in visitors studies, digital history, and the history of sport. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in public history, Dr. Howard is also a trained statistician. Dr. Howard’s work has appeared in the Journal of Sport HistoryVirginia Magazine of History and Biography, and West Virginia History. You can contact Dr. Howard by emailing josh@passelhc.com.

Rusty Shackleford is the Passel mascot and office manager.