Karen Sieber graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a double major in American Studies and Urban History, followed by a graduate certificate from Duke University in Nonprofit Management. She received her MA in Public History from Loyola University, and completed additional work towards her PhD in History, with a focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Her current research is on the intellectual lives of hobos.
In addition to curating museum exhibits and community archives in the South and in Chicago, Sieber works with educators and students to integrate digital humanities projects in their classrooms. As Outreach Coordinator, she works to find ways to connect the public and academics alike to the rich historic resources in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library.