JENNIFER studied marketing and history during her undergraduate degree. She completed her M.A. in Public and Oral History. Her research focused on the WWII home front experiences and the postwar consumer society in California. As a proprietor of 70 Degrees, she co-founded a digital history company. She is an designer, consultant, archivist, curator, and digital historian. Jennifer conducts historical site visits to support non-profit organizations with oral and public history tools. As a consultant, she specializes in archives, exhibition, digitization, and design using the best practices. She is helping develop the Moulton Museum in SoCal and is the organization’s oral historian. She created a partnership with the OC Public Libraries for OC Stories. As an entrepreneur, she has been partnered with UCI Applied Innovation where the team printed 3D archival objects and harnessed machine learning application with Google API. She uses STEAM trends and encourages interdisciplinary practices. Keil researches how to adapt the technological trends to the historical market.
Jennifer’s passion for digital history evolved from an interest in computers since the age of three. Her college coursework in computer and information science has enabled her to enhance organization’s technological portfolios. As an entrepreneur, Jennifer became a Graphic and Web Designer in 2006 when she started a design firm in Scottsdale, AZ. She creates websites and executes marketing campaigns for commercial and non-profits institutions. As a managing editor for an academic journal, she learned to contribute to the review process and designed this print publication with InDesign. Currently, she is a UCI vendor for design and editing services. She is a designer and editor for multiple websites with social media accounts.
She serves as the President Elect for the Southwest Oral History Association. She has been on their board since 2015 and chaired the 2018 conference. She is serving on the 2019 Oral History Association marketing and award committee for their upcoming conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a mentor for new practitioners. She is developing the 2020 conference at UNLV. Keil created the SOHA news blog and manages their social media.
Keil is on the CSUF History Department alumni council. She is a board member of the Museum of Cosmetic History. Part of her portfolio is working with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles office on a digital archive project.