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 also continues to research and published on the archaeology and history of the 17th-century Potomac River Valley and on the archaeology of clay tobacco pipes. Most recently, Dr. McMillan has began a collaborative partnership with the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia to study Native Virginian sites in the Fredericksburg region. In 2020, she received the UMW Giving Tree Award for dedication and active involvement with the UMW student body. Dr. McMillan strongly emphasizes collaborative faculty-student research, resulting in several UMW student conference presentations. Examples of student research projects can be seen on the UMW HISP Archaeology Laboratory website. Dr. McMillan is also the director of the UMW Eagle Pipe Band.
Andréa Livi Smith, 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, and as Department Chair from 2014 to 2018. 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, funerary architecture, 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 served as the Director of the Center for Historic Preservation from 2014 to 2018 and the UMW Campus Preservation Officer from 2010 until 2019 during which time he authored the campus Preservation Plan. 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 and more recently the cultural heritage application of virtual and augmented reality. 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 serves as Chair of the Washington Heritage Museum’s Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Fredericksburg Memorials Commission, and Historic Architect (Sec 106 Review) for the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park as well as the Green Springs Historic District in Louisa County, Virginia.
The Development of the Mary Washington House (C-span 3), https://www.c-span.org/person/?michaelspencer
Designing Mary Washington (UMW Mary Talk), https://youtu.be/SbFDaQgu6v8
Virtual Reality can Enhance Tours at Local Museums (Free Lance-Star), https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg/virtual-reality-can-enhance-tours-at-local-museums/article_bf849db4-b7d5-52ae-9346-071b14147c78.html
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 Director of the Center for Historic Preservation. She is 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.