Committee Members

Alexander PicMary Alexander                                                                           Co-Director of Certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture
3381 Stephenson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 363-8863
alexander_schou@msn.com

Mary Alexander has worked in and for Washington area history museums for the past four decades. She has been a museum educator, assistant director, leader of the Common Agenda for History Museums project for the American Association for State and Local History, and most recently administrator of the Museum Assistance Program of the Maryland Historical Trust (Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office). She co-authored with George Hein, Museums: Places of Learning (1998) and in 2008 revised her father’s museum studies textbook, Museums in Motion: The History and Functions of Museums. Mary holds a BA in History from Beloit College, and an MA in Education from the University of Connecticut.


Arnoldi PicDr. Mary Jo Arnoldi
Curator, African Ethnology
National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 112, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
(202) 633-1937
arnoldim@si.edu

Dr. Mary Jo Arnoldi is the Curator of African Ethnology and Art in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She received her PhD from Indiana University in 1983 in African Art History. She has been conducting research in Africa since 1978 with an emphasis on African arts and material culture. She has published extensively on African performing arts, youth, public culture and post-colonial nationalism. She has also published on the museum’s historic Central African collections and on the history of the representation of Africa at the Smithsonian. Dr. Arnoldi has curated exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution and at several other museums. She was a lead curator for NMNH’s permanent exhibition, African Voices, which opened in late 1999. In 2003 she co-curated the Mali Program, From Timbuktu to Washington, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC that featured 150 Malian artisans and musicians during a two week festival on the National Mall. In 2013 she curated an exhibition, Mud Masons of Mali, at the National Museum of Natural History.


Sies PicDr. Mary Corbin Sies
Associate Professor
University of Maryland
American Studies Department
4111 Susquehanna Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1361
marycorbinsies@yahoo.com

Dr. Mary Corbin Sies is an Associate Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in the departments of Women’s Studies, African American Studies, the Historic Preservation program, and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. She received her PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1987. Her research and teaching interests span material and visual culture, planning history, architectural history, urban/suburban history, and cultural and social history of the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. She directed the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture graduate certificate program from 2006 until 2013. She has consulted on museum exhibitions for the Margaret Strong Museum, the National Building Museum, and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. Locally, she works with the Greenbelt Museum and the Lakeland Community Heritage Project. She is an avid museum-goer with special appreciation for community museums and local heritage societies around the world.


Dr. Bernard FinnFInn Pic (2)
National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 633-3814
finnb@si.edu

Dr. Bernard Finn has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell and a PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin. He came to the Smithsonian’s Museum of History and Technology (now American History) in 1962 as curator of the electrical collections, converted to “emeritus” after his retirement in 2005. His scholarly works (publications, presentations, exhibits) have dealt with various individuals (Franklin, Edison, Bell, Tesla) and topics (communications satellites, lasers, energy conversion, lighting). He has paid special attention to underwater communications cables.

His interest in the history of museums led him to help persuade the Smithsonian to establish a seminar in museum scholarship jointly with the University of Maryland in 1996 (expanded to a certificate program in 2002). About the same time he was co-founder – with colleagues at the Science Museum (London) and the Deutsches Museum (Munich) – of an organization, Artefacts, which promotes the use of objects in studies of the history of science and technology and has been the focus of much of his attention in recent years.


Freidenberg PicDr. Judith Freidenberg
Professor of Anthropology
University of Maryland
Department of Anthropology
0101 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1420
jfreiden@umd.edu

Dr. Judith Freidenberg is Professor of Anthropology and affiliate faculty member in the departments of American Studies, Jewish Studies and Women Studies. She affiliates with the Population Center, the Center for the Study of the New America and the Center for Heritage Studies. She received her PhD from City University of New York in 1978. Her research interests are in migration, health and ethnicity, visual culture, and museum representation. She is interested in disseminating anthropological knowledge with diverse audiences, including public institutions and museums. Dr. Freidenberg has produced videos and curated exhibits in New York, Growing Old in Spanish Harlem, with the Museum of the City of New York; a digital exhibit with the Center for Latino Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution, Inside Out: Growing Old Latino in the United States; and a travelling exhibit with the Prince George’s Council, Immigrant Experiences in Prince George’s County. She is the current Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture.


Dr. Perla GuerreroGuerrero_PerlPic
Assistant Professor of American Studies
University of Maryland
American Studies Department
4119 Susquehanna Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1359
guerrero@umd.edu

Dr. Perla M. Guerrero is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her research and teaching interests link comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is informed by historical methods and human geography as they pertain to Latina/o Studies, American Studies, and the U.S. South. Last year Dr. Guerrero was a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History.


Dr. Paul T. Jaegerjaeger_paul_web_0
Director  
Master of Library and Information Science 
University of Maryland 
College of Information Studies 
4121D Hornbake South
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1741
pjaeger@umd.edu

Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor, Diversity Officer, and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. His teaching and research focus on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, with a specific focus on issues of human rights and social justice. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters, as well as more than a dozen books. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly and Co-Editor of Advances in Librarianship and the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. He is also founder and chair of the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS). In 2014, he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Education Award, the international educator of the year award for the field of library and information science. 


Dr. Kathryn Lafrenz SamuelsLafrenz-Samuels_KathrynPIC
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
Department of Anthropology
0107 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1439
lafrenzs@umd.edu

Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, with expertise in cultural heritage, environmental anthropology, and political anthropology. Dr. Lafrenz Samuels’ research highlights the growth of heritage practice in the transnational sphere: in the domains of international development, global climate change, human rights, democracy building, transnational advocacy networks, and corporate social responsibility. Her work showcases the persuasive power of cultural heritage, as a social field of public rhetoric for mobilizing change. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.


Dr. Barnet Pavao-ZuckermanPavao-ZuckermanPIC
Associate Professor
University of Maryland
Department of Anthropology
1111 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-0697
bpavao@umd.edu

Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2001, completing her dissertation research in the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Prior to arriving at the University of Maryland, she was Associate Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum for over a decade, as well as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is an archaeologist and is currently conducting research on the colonial-period experiences of Native Americans in southeastern and southwestern North America, looking at the impact of the introduction of domesticated animals and European market economies on indigenous ecological and economic systems.


Dr. Dennis PoguePogue Pic
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Maryland
Historic Preservation Department
School of Architecture, Planning and Development
Building 145
College Park, MD 20742
(703) 314-6485
dpogue@umd.edu

Dr. Dennis J. Pogue, has more than 30 years of experience as an archaeologist, museum administrator, educator, and historic preservationist. He is adjunct associate professor in the historic preservation program at the University of Maryland, and he consults on a variety of preservation related topics with museums, historic sites, private individuals, and others. He served for 25 years at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, where he was vice president for preservation. Dr. Pogue’s award winning book, Founding Spirits: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry, grew out of a 10-year effort that he led to research and reconstruct Washington’s whiskey distillery. He received his doctorate in Anthropology from The American University, in Washington, DC.


Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan                                                             Co-Director of Certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies
Hornbake 0216B
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6518
punzalan@umd.edu

Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan is assistant professor of archives and digital curation at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. In 2016, he received an early-career grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and develop strategies to assess the impact of access to digitized ethnographic archives for academic and Indigenous community users. He also examines ‘virtual reunification’ as a strategy to provide integrated access to dispersed ethnographic archival images online. He leads a team of postdoctoral scholars and masters’ fellows to enhance agricultural data curation efforts at the U.S. National Agricultural Library. He holds a Ph.D. in Information as well as graduate certificates in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. He previously taught on the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. His articles have been published in leading library and information science and archives journals, including the Library Quarterly, American Archivist, Archivaria, and Archival Science. In 2012, he received the Hugh A. Taylor Prize from the Association of Canadian Archivists for his co-authored article in Archivaria on users and uses of digitized photographic archives.


Dr. Margaret Salazar-PorzioSalazar-Porzio Pic
Curator of Latino History and Culture
National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 615 PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
(202) 633-3790
Salazar-PorzioM@si.edu

Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a Curator of Latina/o History and Culture in the Division of Home and Community Life. She has research interests and expertise in 20th century visual and material culture of the Western United States, Pacific Rim, and Mexico; Race, Citizenship and National Identity in U.S. urban history; family formation and childhood; and K-20 Education. Before joining the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Dr. Salazar-Porzio received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010, served as an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School, and held a Smithsonian Institution Latina/o Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. In addition to receiving research fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Science Foundations, she was also a primary education teacher in Los Angeles, California, where she received a local Teacher of the Year award in 2004. Dr. Salazar-Porzio’s research combines these experiences with deep commitments to education, equality, and democratic engagement in the service of her work at the Smithsonian Institution.


Dr. Nancy StrunaStruna Pic (2)
Professor and Chair
University of Maryland
American Studies Department
4101 Susquehanna Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1357
nlstruna@umd.edu

Dr. Nancy Struna’s research and teaching focus on cultural production, agency and power, and constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in both early and contemporary Americans’ experiences. She is currently working on a book entitled Transforming the Ordinary: Taverns, Cultural Identity, and the Construction of Citizenship in Baltimore, Maryland, 1750-1820, which explores the material realities and ideological formations that ordinary people in the course and relations of everyday life experienced and negotiated in one of the most ordinary of early American institutions, taverns. She is also the author of People of Prowess: Sport, Leisure, and Labor in Early Anglo-America and has served as the American Studies Department Chair since 2006.


Erin Zerhusenerin-zerhusen
MLIS Program Coordinator
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies 
4121F Hornbake South
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1024
ezerhus@umd.edu

Erin Zerhusen is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Maryland’s iSchool. Erin graduated with her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland with two specializations: Curation and Manager of Digital Assets and Information and Diverse Populations. After graduating with her MLS Erin worked as an Acquisitions Specialist for congressional content at ProQuest before returning to the University of Maryland in June of 2016.