History Studio

Historical Research for Film, Television, Gaming & New Media

Expert historical research and consulting on all periods and places.

We are a team of Ph.D. historians with decades of experience, impeccable credentials, and connections to experts worldwide. We have access to resources open only to academics. Give us the questions, we’ll give you answers based on the most reputable research and analysis on any historical period – from the big picture to the fine details.

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Our Research Team

We are a team of Ph.D.s with over 30 years experience in historical research and the history profession.  Our history credentials are unmatched in the entertainment industry.


Becky Nicolaides, Ph.D. Partner

Becky Nicolaides is an award-winning author, with expertise in 20th century history. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, worked in academia, then became a consultant and writer based in L.A. She has consulted for film, television, and documentaries, and for museums and historical projects for the City of LA, State of California and non-profits. She’s written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and has been a board member for regional and national historical organizations. She is a research affiliate at UCLA and USC, and is writing her third book that looks at the history of suburban life in Los Angeles.

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Brian Kovalesky, Ph.D. Partner

Brian Kovalesky is a historian of social and political life in the late 19th and 20th century United States, with a keen interest in how history is conveyed through storytelling—whether via textbook, folklore, or filmed media. His desire to help storytellers convey accurate and representative history is why he joined the History Studio team.  Brian earned his Ph.D. in history from UCLA, and has published in California History and presented at conferences nationwide.  He teaches U.S. History at UCLA and in the California State University system, and has been awarded numerous fellowships for his scholarship, teaching, and community service.  Brian also brings years of experience in marketing, communications, and entrepreneurship to History Studio.


Monica Jovanovich, Ph.D., Research Consultant

Monica Jovanovich is an art historian who specializes in the public art and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. She received her Ph.D. from UC San Diego and lectures and writes about corporate art patronage, theme parks, and public art in the United States. She has consulted on public art projects and has served on the board of the Association of Historians of American Art.  Monica is working on a book project focused on corporate mural commissions in Los Angeles and is co-editor of Corporate Patronage of Art & Architecture in the United States, Late 19th Century to the Present.


Our Professional Networks


Together, we are plugged into an extensive network of professional historians and have served as leaders in many of the nation's premier historical organizations.

  • American Historical Association

  • Organization of American Historians

  • Urban History Association

  • American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch

  • Los Angeles Conservancy

  • National Council on Public History

  • Society for American City and Regional Planning History

  • Social Science History Association

  • Los Angeles History & Metro Studies Group

  • Southwestern Historical Association

And service on the editorial boards of:

  • Journal of Urban History

  • Pacific Historical Review

  • California History

  • Encyclopedia of Urban History (Sage)