Affiliated Faculty and Professionals

Michael Spencer serves as the Director of the Center for Historic Preservation. He is responsible for contract negotiation, budgeting, research design, and oversight of staff and facilities. Prof. Spencer is a preservationist with expertise in architectural conservation and building forensics.  His research has focused on the use of nondestructive technologies to  investigate and assess historic structures.  Such technologies have included infrared thermography (IRT), resistance drilling, and micro-timing.  Integration of scientific analysis and the increased understanding of historic trades has also been a focus of Prof. Spencer since coming to UMW in 2009.  Currently, Prof. Spencer is involved with writing the UMW campus Preservation Plan.
Phone:(540) 654-1311

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training_Infrared Thermography Publication

Historic cottage at Belmont gets new viewing_Free Lance-Star_11-27-12

UMW’s construction detailed_Free Lance-Star_9-21-13

Lectures in History: Historic Preservation of Mary Washington House (C-SPAN3)

Dreams of the Civil War_With Good Reasons_11-2-2013


Andrea Livi Smith served as Center Director from 2009 to 2014, focusing on preservation pedagogy and curriculum development. Dr. Smith has worked on multiple grants relating to transportation in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She has also conducted data collection and technical assistance for the federal Transportation Enhancements program. Trained as an urban planner as well as preservationist and architectural historian, Dr. Smith has focused her research on the intersection of urban design, transportation, and preservation. Her other interests include environmental psychology and the history and reuse of industrial resources.
Phone:(540) 654-1316


Douglas Sanford serves as the Center’s Director of Archaeological Programs. A professional historical archaeologist, Dr. Sanford has over twenty years of experience in Virginia archaeology, and presently conducts research at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His research interests include the archaeology of plantation slavery, the study of early industrial development in the Middle Atlantic region, the study of historic landscapes and archaeology in Virginia, and Cultural Resource Management.
Phone:(540) 654-1314

UMW students at Stratford Hall go ‘the extra mile’_Free Lance-Star_8-25-14

Excavations reveal how Lees’ slaves lived_Free Lance-Star_8-26-14


Christine Henry, the newest member of the faculty, has worked for four years as a project coordinator on cultural resource surveys with the Washington DC Regional Office (WASO) of the National Park Service while working on her doctorate in Urban Planning at the University of Maryland.    Prior to returning to school, Ms. Henry worked for over a decade as the Federal Preservation Officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in addition to working with museums around the country to manage their collections and programming projects.  Trained as both an architect and as a preservationist, Ms. Henry focuses her research on placemaking, the intersection of the built environment and community identity.  She is particularly interested in issues of social justice and diversifying the communities who participate in preservation.
Phone: (540) 654-1313


Cristina Turdean serves as the expert in Museum Studies for the Department of Historic Preservation where she teaches a number of related classes. In addition to these responsibilities Prof. Turdean also serves on the Museum Studies Minor Committee at the University. Since coming to the University of Mary Washington in 2011 Prof. Turdean has actively engaged her students in the local museum community by planning a number of exhibits, conducting collections management work, developing school programs, and writing grants for organizations like the George Washington Foundation, the Washington Heritage Museums, James Monroe Museum and Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.
Phone: (540) 654-1310

Ralph Bunche School Exhibit Set for April 21

UMW students build museum exhibit_Free Lance-Star_4-30-2014


Lauren McMillan
B.A. University of Mary Washington; M.A. East Carolina University; Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. McMillan is currently directing the archaeological and historical investigations at Sherwood Forest, an Antebellum plantation in nearby Stafford County. She has conducted research and published on the archaeology and history of the 17th-century Potomac River Valley and on the archaeology of clay tobacco pipes. Dr. McMillan was recently awarded a grant from the Council of Virginia Archaeologists to support student research on the African American history at Sherwood Forest Plantation.

Personal website:

Jamestown Unearthed: Visiting Research Fellow Dives into Jamestown Trade Networks: dives-into-jamestown-trade-networks/

Deep Secrets: Archaeology at Sherwood Forest Plantation: