My work at Stanford reflects my dual training as an historian (for my PhD) and as an archivist (for my second Master's).

As an archivist, I oversee the Stanford Medical History Center (part of Lane Medical Library) and have served on the Board of the Stanford Historical Society. I also guest lecture on the history of medicine and the management of cultural heritage materials in the Departments of History and Art History as well as for classes in Stanford's Medicine and the Muse project. I am the founder and facilitator of the Stanford Archivists - an organization of approximately sixty staff.

As an historian, I have worked with Stanford's Continuing Studies program both in teaching classes on California history as well as directing "San Francisco Stories" - a quarterly series of public events on the social history and politics of the Bay Area. For the Stanford Humanities Center, I serve as mentor for PhD candidates considering careers outside traditional teaching tracks.

Outside Stanford, I have been involved in a variety of public history and archives-related projects, including consultation for the National Endowment for the Humanities (the Common Heritage program and the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program) and for the US Department of the Interior (Heritage & History Initiatives).

Current Role at Stanford

Historical Curator, Stanford Medical History Center
Instructor in History, Stanford Continuing Studies

Education & Certifications

  • PhD, University of California (2012)
  • MLIS, Simmons College (2006)
  • MTS, Harvard University (2000)
  • BA, Earlham College (1991)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Consultant, GLBT Historical Society (8/28/2007 - Present)

    Consultant on issues of archival policy and procedure.


    San Francisco, California

  • Board Member, Stanford Historical Society (2012 - 2015)


    Stanford, CA

Personal Interests

History and historiography of California and the US, with an emphasis on race, immigration, gender, and sexuality
Archives and cultural heritage collections management
Public history
Social justice activism


All Publications

  • Struggles in Body and Spirit: Religion and LGBTQ People in US History LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study Bourn, D. US Department of the Interior. 2016
  • Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums edited by Smith-Yoshimura, K. OCLC. 2011
  • Archives and Archivists (review) Bourn, D. American Archivist. Society of American Archivists. 2008 (vol 71 no 1): 256-259