Matthew R. Costello is chief education officer for the White House Historical Association where he oversees education programs, historical research, public programming, partnerships, and the digital library. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in American history at Marquette University. He received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a scholar, he has published articles in The Journal of History and Cultures, Essays in History, The Dome, and White House History Quarterly. His first book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President was published by University Press of Kansas in 2019 and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. He also co-edited and contributed a chapter to the volume Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture
published by University of Virginia Press in 2023. Matthew also teaches a course on White House history at American University.