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.
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
Encyclopedia of Urban History (Sage)