HISTORIC PRESERVATION FACULTY
Christine Henry, Assistant Professor
B.A., University of William and Mary; M.Arch., Catholic University; M.H.P. & Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
Christine Henry 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
Dan Hubbard is a registered certified public accountant who received a doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech. Dr. Hubbard received the 2013 Mary W. Pinschmidt Award. The winner is selected by the graduating class as the faculty member “whom they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.” His popularity also is apparent by his inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 2012 list of “Best 300 Professors.” The publication, which featured seven UMW professors, recognized 300 challenging and inspiring teaching faculty from 122 public and private colleges.
B.A., University of Mary Washington; M.A., East Carolina University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lauren McMillan joined the department full time in 2017 as the resident Historical Archaeologist. Since 2015, she has been directing UMW’s archaeological and historical investigations at Sherwood Forest Plantation in Stafford County exploring nearly 200 years of occupation on the property. She was recently awarded a grant from the Council of Virginia Archaeologists to support student research on the African American history at Sherwood Forest Plantation. She has also 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 Virginia Department of Historic Resources to analyze the Nomini Plantation archaeological collections- a 17th-century site that was excavated in the 1970s but was never processed. She has included, and continues to include, undergraduates in both the Sherwood Forest and Nomini Plantation research projects, resulting in several UMW student conference presentations.
UMW HISP Archaeology Laboratory
Andréa Livi Smith, Associate Professor & Prince B. Woodard Chair in Historic Preservation
A.B., Brown University; M.S., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
Andréa Livi Smith served as Director of the Center for Historic Preservation 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/Alternatives 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.
Michael Spencer, Associate Professor & & Department Chair
B.A., University of Mary Washington; M.H.P., University of Kentucky
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 and assisting the National Trust for Historic Preservation in developing plans for HCBU’s across the country.
Cristina Turdean, Associate Professor & Director, Center for Historic Preservation
B.S. & M.S., Polytechnic Institute of Cluj-Napoca (Romania); M.A., State University of New York at Oneonta; Ph.D., University of Delaware
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 Dr. Turdean also serves on the Museum Studies Minor Committee at the University. Since coming to the University of Mary Washington in 2011 Dr. 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.
Department: Sasha Erpernbach, Kara Deppe
Archaeology: Cheyenne Johnson, John Strangfeld
Center: Holly Irwin, Gracie Hardy
If you would like to become a student aide for either the Center for Historic Preservation or the Department of Historic Preservation, contact x1041.
Senior Representatives: Caroline Ralston
Junior Representative: Gracie Hardy
Please contact the Representative for your class if you have a question or comment about the activities of the Department.