Greg Donofrio, Associate Professor
Department: Architecture; Affiliate Faculty Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Scholarly Interests: Historic preservation planning and policy, including financial incentives; the history and theory of the historic preservation movement in the United States; community engagement, especially to advance diversity and inclusion in historic preservation and public history; the history of urban food systems in the United States during the twentieth century. Donofrio is a founding proposer of the HSPH program, has served on the board of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and is currently co-editor of the journal Preservation Education & Research.
Gail Dubrow, Professor
Department: Architecture; Landscape Architecture; History; Public Affairs & Planning
Scholarly Interests: Historic Preservation and Public History. Research focus on preserving places significant in the history of American women, communities of color, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented groups.
Katherine Hayes, Associate Professor
Departments: Anthropology; American Indian Studies
Scholarly Interests: Professor Hayes is currently Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies, serves on the Board of Directors for the international Society for Historical Archaeology, and is one of the founding proposers of the HSPH program. Her current research centers on the site of Fort Snelling in Minnesota, exploring how carcerality and citizenship are remembered or forgotten in contemporary public interpretation. Other research areas include the archaeology of plantation slavery in New York and the fur trade in the Western Great Lakes region.
William Jones, Professor
Scholarly Interests: I am a social historian of the United States, with a focus on race and labor in the 20th century. My courses in Oral History will be of particular interest to students in Heritage Studies and Public History
Kristine Miller, Professor
Department: Landscape Architecture
Scholarly Interests: Kristine Miller’s research addresses public space and its role in public life. Miller argues that designers seeking to provide comfortable public settings may unwittingly concretize in built form, aesthetic representations, and programmatic systems, restrictive definitions of the public and public space.
Hiromi Mizuno, Associate Professor
Scholarly Interests: I have recently begun incorporating Critical Heritage Studies into my work and I continue to be interested in how post-industrial (and postcolonial) society remembers industrialization (and modernization) in various parts of the world. I also teach the memory of WWII, including the politics of war museums in the US and Japan.
Kevin Murphy, Professor
Departments: History; American Studies
Scholarly Interests: history of sexuality; public history; comparative history of women and gender; United States history; cultural and intellectual history; urban history. Murphy is a founding proposer of the HSPH program and is on the editorial board of the Public Historian and on the steering committee of the Humanities Action Lab, which has organized the major public humanities projects The Guantanamo Public Memory Project and States of Incarceration.
Lin Nelson-Mayson, Director, Goldstein Museum of Design; Director of Graduate Studies, Museum Studies
Institution: Goldstein Museum of Design
Scholarly Interests: Lin Nelson-Mayson has professional experience with a wide range of museum types and locations including Goldstein Museum of Design, ExhibitsUSA (MO), MN Museum of American Art, Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Art Museum of South TX, and Ross County Historical Society (OH). She has held volunteer leadership positions with professional associations at the state (MN Asso. of Museums, SC Museum Federation, and SC Abandoned Cultural Properties Board), regional (Asso. of Midwest Museums, SE Museums Council), and national level (American Alliance of Museums, Asso. of Academic Museums and Galleries, National Alliance of State Museum Associations). She has been Director of Graduate Studies of the University's Museum Studies program since 2012.
Jean O'Brien, Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Scholarly Interests: I work in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Public History. My methodological approaches include social and cultural history as well as Indigenous Studies.
Steven F. Ostrow, Professor
Department: Art History
Scholarly Interests: My research and teaching engages the material culture of Early Modern Europe, especially Italy, including architecture, urban planning, painting, and sculpture.
Daniela Sandler, Assistant Professor
Scholarly Interests: Daniela Sandler is an architectural historian whose research and teaching interests include memory, preservation, and cultural heritage from a global perspective, with a particular focus on Latin America and Europe. Her book Counterpreservation: Architectural Decay in Berlin since 1989 deals with alternative forms of preservation that enable a more socially inclusive and equitable city.
Ingrid Schneider, Professor
Department: Forest Resources; with advising in Environmental Science, Policy & Management; Graduate faculty in Natural Resource Science & Management; Conservation Sciences; and Water Resources Program
Scholarly Interests: My research focuses on visitor behavior and optimizing experiences. A social-psychological approach guides the majority of my work to inform planning and management at local, state, national and international levels.
Katherine Solomonson, Associate Professor
Scholarly Interests: Katherine Solomonson teaches architectural and urban history in the Department of Architecture, and also holds positions in the Departments of American Studies, Art History, and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She has a particular interest in the ways in which histories of cultural landscapes intersect with contemporary planning, policy, and historic preservation.
Ann Waltner, Professor
Scholarly Interests: I have made six videos for the Minneapolis Institute of Art talking about objects in their collection as a part of their 100 videos for 100 years project; I made a website in conjunction with the San Francisco/Hong Kong Arts Festival performance of an opera based on the eighteenth-century Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber and I have written scripts and performed in two multi-media performance with the early music group Sacabuche. I am interested in forms of public history that I myself do not practice.
Margaret Werry, Assistant ProfessorAffiliate in Asian Languages, Literatures and Anthropology, Moving Image and Media Studies
Scholarly Interests: My past research has been on heritage production and museum development in the context of tourism economies and ethnic/indigenous politics, specifically in New Zealand and the Island Pacific. My current work studies the display, interpretation, and handling of human remains in museums of history, anatomy, art, and ethnology, and roadside museums. As a theatre scholar, I am particularly interested in the performance of both people and objects in museums, focusing on the narrative, scenographic, affective, and interactive dimensions of museum experiences, as well as their political ramifications.