History Studio

Historical Research for Film, Television & New Media

If your entertainment project is historical, you've come to the right place. The History Studio offers expert historical research and consulting by professional historians. We know history. We know sources. We have access to resources open only to credentialed academics.  You give us the questions, we give you cutting-edge information about any historical period, delivered quickly and intelligently.

We are a team of Ph.D. historians with a deep knowledge of the field, impeccable credentials, and connections to historical experts worldwide. 

Our Research Team

We are a team of Ph.D.s with over 25 years experience in historical research and the history profession.  Our history credentials are unmatched in the entertainment industry.


Becky Nicolaides, Ph.D. Principal Partner

Specializing in American history, Becky received her doctorate with honors from Columbia University, then served on the faculties of Arizona State University West and UC San Diego. Her first book My Blue Heaven (2002) received two book prizes, and her second book The Suburb Reader (2006 & 2016, co-edited with Andrew Wiese) was named one of the Top 10 books of 2006 by Planetizen.com. She's written numerous articles and reviews, delivered over fifty invited talks, and served in board positions for several historical organizations.  Becky is the recipient of over twenty grants and fellowships, and currently serves on the governing board of the American Historical Association.  She is a research affiliate at UCLA and USC.


Emily Bills, Ph.D. Principal Partner

Emily Bills is an educator, author, and curator based in Los Angeles. She received her PhD in architectural and urban history from New York University and is Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University. Emily’s historical scholarship has received recognition and support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Graham Foundation, the Smithsonian, the Haynes Foundation, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Recent curatorial projects include Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life, Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A., and Héléne Binet: Fragments of Light. Her book California Captured on the photography of Marvin Rand (Phaidon, 2018) was co-authored with Sam Lubell and Pierluigi Serraino. Her book Linking Up Los Angeles: How the Telephone Built a City is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press.



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 (governing council)
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Urban History Association (board of directors)
  • American Studies Association / California American Studies Association
  • American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch (board of councilors)
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
  • Los Angeles Conservancy
  • National Council on Public History
  • Los Angeles History & Metro Studies Group (co-leader)
  • College Art Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Historians of the Twentieth Century United States
  • Western History Association

And service on the editorial boards of:

  • Journal of Urban History
  • Pacific Historical Review
  • California History
  • Encyclopedia of Urban History  (Sage)