Joint sponsorship by the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware affords an unparalleled breadth of scholars, faculty, and professionals to teach and mentor our M.A. candidates.
Martin C. Brückner, PhDProgram Director and Professor of English, University of Delaware
Martin Brückner teaches graduate courses for the Winterthur Program and the University’s Department of English and Center for Material Culture Studies, including Material Life in America and Introduction to Theories of Material Culture Studies. His areas of research include object studies in American literary history, historical cartography, print culture and visual art, and digital humanities.
Martin Brückner is Professor in the English Department and former Co-Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies and the Delaware Public Humanities Institute at the University of Delaware. His first book, The Geographic Revolution in Early America (2006), won the Louis Gottschalk Book Prize in 18th-Century Studies; his second, The Social Life of Maps in America (2017), won the Fred B. Kniffen Book Award. Editor of the volumes Early American Cartographies (2011) and American Literary Geographies (2007), he has published over thirty essays on American literary, visual, and material culture in journals such as American Quarterly, American Art, and American Literary History. A recipient of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, his work has been recognized by UD’s College of Arts and Sciences “Excellence in Scholarship Award” (2018), the American Antiquarian Society (elected member, 2007), the Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize (2007), and the Francis Alison Young Scholar Award (2002).
Thomas A. Guiler, PhDAssistant Professor of History and Public Humanities, Winterthur Museum
Tom Guiler teaches graduate courses for the Winterthur Program, including Introduction to Decorative Arts. Tom also teaches elective courses for the Program including Material Culture of Communal Utopias. He also serves as the director for Independent Study courses and teaches field study courses, including British Design History.
Born and raised in Upstate, New York, Guiler researches and teaches 19th and 20th century American cultural and social history and has particular interests in the history of Upstate, New York, material culture, business, international relations, social protest, decorative arts, and the digital and public humanities. His research interests focus on utopian and intentional communities in 19th– and 20th-century America and resulted in his dissertation on communal groups in the Arts and Crafts Movement: Roycroft, Byrdcliffe, and Rose Valley. He has published in Pennsylvania History and Communal Societies and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Communal Studies Association, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Popular Culture / American Culture Association, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. He also founded and continues to manage UpstateHistorical, an interactive website that brings the rich history of Upstate New York to life by pinning key historic sites with text, photographs, audio, and video content to tell the story of a particular place, the people that lived there, and events at that location.
Catharine Dann Roeber, PhDInterim Director of Academic Programs and Brock W. Jobe Associate Professor, Decorative Arts and Material Culture
Catharine Dann Roeber teaches graduate courses for the Winterthur Program, including American Interiors, Exhibitions and Interpretation, British Design History and additional field study courses. Her areas of research include decorative arts and material culture, culinary history, history of print and ephemera, and Pennsylvania material and architectural heritage.
In addition to teaching and leading the Academic Programs team at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Catharine Dann Roeber is executive editor of Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture and Director of Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program. All of her work involves supporting, advocating for, and participating in endeavors to build a more equitable and inclusive future for cultural heritage, decorative arts, and material culture studies through exhibitions, programs, teaching, mentoring, and community collaboration. She is co-editing The Cambridge Handbook of Material Culture. Roeber draws on her background of experience with archeology departments, research libraries, museums and cultural non-profits in encouraging people to enjoy and study stuff. Other pursuits include researching colonial mid-Atlantic plantations and urban environments, historic foodways, print culture, historic interiors, and collecting, collections and museums.
Stephanie Delamaire, PhDAssociate Curator of Fine Arts, Winterthur Museum
Stephanie Delamaire teaches the Fine Art (Prints and Paintings) portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. She is a specialist of 19th-century American painting, print technology and the art market.
Marie-Stephanie Delamaire is a specialist of nineteenth-century American painting, print technology and the art market. She has published essays on Antebellum American genre painting in relation to the transatlantic expansion of the publishing industry, and on nineteenth-century American cartoons. Her research has received many awards such as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Library of Congress. Her current fields of interest include American portraits, the materiality of nineteenth-century print and visual cultures, and transnational exchanges.
Leslie B. GrigsbySenior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum
Leslie Grigsby teaches the Ceramics and Glass portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program and has been instrumental in making the Winterthur Museum Collection available online on the Winterthur website.
Leslie began her career as Assistant Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Colonial Williamsburg. Next she researched and wrote extensively (see selected publications) on 17th– and 18th-century English earthenware and stoneware. Leslie’s catalogue of the English ceramics at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee is available at the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Currently, Grigsby is responsible for the Museum’s 22,000+ glass and ceramic objects and has worked intensively on displays in the 175 house rooms and the Ceramics & Glass Galleries and Study Area. She has curated exhibitions on English slipware and delftware as well as on objects and traditions relating to alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee. Offsite, she curated and redesigned the English earthenware galleries at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto. Currently, Leslie is working on creating several online exhibitions. Leslie lectures widely, throughout the United States and Canada as well as in the UK, China and Australia.
Laura Johnson, PhDLinda Eaton Associate Curator of Textiles, Winterthur Museum
Laura Johnson teaches the Textiles portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. She works on a variety of textile endeavors, with specialties in historic reproductions, clothing, and identity construction in the woven world.
Johnson began her professional life as a contract archaeologist, working for ten years before returning to school. While in graduate school, she examined Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s work for the Fred Harvey Company, considering Colter’s architecture and interiors as immersive environments. She continued graduate study at Winterthur and the University of Delaware, examining the role textiles played to create, reinforce, or break the connections between EuroAmerican and Indigenous groups. Her research fellowships include the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and The Newberry Library. At Historic New England Johnson worked to increase the institution’s ability to tell the stories of New England’s LGBTQ+ and BIPOC residents. She developed textile tours, taught in the Program in New England Studies, conducted research on their textile collection, lectured, and curated exhibitions. She hopes to continue building relationships with Black, Indigenous, Latinx and the LGBTQIA+ communities through cloth and clothing.
Joshua W. LaneLois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture, Winterthur Museum
Josh Lane teaches the Furniture portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. Lane is a specialist on early American furniture of New England and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses before joining the faculty of the Winterthur Program.
Lane joined the curatorial staff at Winterthur Museum in 2014 as Curator of Furniture. Previously, he served as both Curator of Furniture and Curator of Academic Programs at Historic Deerfield, Inc. At Deerfield, he curated two permanent furniture exhibitions (see select exhibitions) as part of the “Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture” collaboration. While at Winterthur, he has curated Cultivating Style in a Multi-Ethnic World: New York Furniture, 1650-1850, and, in conjunction with staff in Winterthur’s Conservation department, Brittle Beauty: Understanding and Conserving Chinese Export Lacquer. He has taught undergraduate courses in American Studies and material culture at Yale University, Miami University of Ohio and both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ann K. WagnerCurator of Decorative Arts, Department of Collections, Winterthur Museum
Ann Wagner (Program Alumna) teaches the Metals portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. She is responsible for approximately 20,000 silver and jewelry, metalwork, and related composite material objects such as lighting, firearms, clocks and organic objects at Winterthur Museum.
Wagner joined the curatorial staff in 2004 immediately following her master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Ms. Wagner previously was the curatorial assistant for the department of European and American decorative arts at the Seattle Art Museum. At Winterthur, Ms. Wagner enjoys introducing graduate students and the public to decorative arts and material culture through exhibitions, workshops, and classes. She has lectured to audiences from Los Angeles to Williamsburg and has contributed articles about American silver for publications including The Magazine Antiques, Antiques & Fine Art, and Silver Magazine. Ms. Wagner is an alumna of the Attingham Summer School, and member of the London Silver Society, the New York Silver Society, the American Ceramics Circle, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and The Royal Oak Foundation.
Chase Markee joined the Winterthur staff in 2014 and the academic programs department in 2016. As academic affairs coordinator, Chase assists the director of academic affairs and serves as the division liaison to the Winterthur Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee. She supports academic programs’ operations, including those of the Research Fellowship Program and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and is a staff reader for Winterthur Portfolio.
Chase earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Delaware. Prior to arriving at Winterthur, she served as a project processor for the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, Chase gained valuable internship experience at Chester County Historical Society; the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum; the National Museum of American Jewish History; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and Hagley Museum and Library; and was a participant in the Chipstone Foundation’s Object Lab Program.
Laura Olds Schmidt joined the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (and the Center for Material Culture Studies) at the University of Delaware in 2016. Laura began her career as a creative director for diverse clients ranging from local cultural organizations to global medical technology firms. She then worked in programs and education for the Delaware Nature Society, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, and the Chester County Historical Society. Before joining UD, Laura worked in program administration and communications at the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA, supporting land conservation and stewardship.
Laura holds a B.A. in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, Laura received her M.A. from the University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration, with a concentration in Historic Preservation. At UD, she participated in the Delaware Public Humanities Institute (DELPHI) and completed the graduate certificate in Museum Studies.
Fellows have access to a diverse community of affiliated faculty at both the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum. Fellows work with affiliated faculty daily through coursework, independent study, thesis advisement, internships, working groups, lectures, and symposia.
Zara Anishanslin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Art History, University of Delaware (Program Alumna)
Tiffany Barber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, University of Delaware
Wendy Bellion, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies and Professor, Sewell C. Biggs Chair in American Art History, University of Delaware
Anne E. Bowler, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology, University of Delaware
James Brophy, Ph.D., Francis H. Squire Professor of History, University of Delaware
Siobhan Carroll, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of English, Unversity of Delaware
Perry Chapman, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the CTPhD Program, Northern Baroque Art, University of Delaware
Ken Cohen, Ph.D., Director of Museum Studies, Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware
Iain Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware
James C. Curtis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, University of Delaware
Rebecca Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor History and Women and Gender Studies and Chair, Graduate Program, University of Delaware
Lu Ann DeCunzo, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of Delaware
Edward Larkin, Ph.D., Professor of English, University of Delaware
Cathy Matson, Ph.D., Richards Professor Emerita of American History, University of Delaware
Rudi Matthee, Ph.D., John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, University of Delaware
Julie L. McGee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, University of Delaware
Arwen P. Mohun, Ph.D., Coordinator, Hagley Program, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History, University of Delaware
John Montano, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Delaware
Catherine Morrissey, Associate Policy Scientist and Assistant Director, Center for Historic Architecture & Design, University of Delaware
Lawrence Nees, Ph.D., H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities, Professor and Chair of Art History, University of Delaware
Debra Hess Norris, M.A., Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair, Professor and Chair of Art Conservation, Director Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation, University of Delaware.
Dael Norwood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware
Cynthia Ott, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware
Lauren Petersen, Ph.D., Associate Dean for the Humanities and Professor of Art History, Greek and Roman Art, University of Delaware
Chandra L. Reedy, Ph.D. Director, Center for Historic Architecture & Design, Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, University of Delaware
Thomas Roceck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Delaware
Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Architectural History and Intellectual History, University of Delaware
Jonathan Russ, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware
Thomas Savage, M.A., Director of External Affairs, Winterthur Museum
David R. Shearer, Ph.D., Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, University of Delaware
Margaret Stetz, Ph.D., Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of English, University of Delaware
Joyce Hill Stoner, Ph.D., Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture, Director, Preservation Studies Program, University of Delaware, and Paintings Conservator, Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
David Suisman, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Program, Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware
Janis A. Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director, University Museums, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware
Jennifer Van Horn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware (Program Alumna)
Jaipreet Virdi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware
Sarah Wasserman, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Material Culture Studies, Assistant Professor of English, University of Delaware
Lance Winn, M.F.A., Professor of Art, University of Delaware
Julian Yates, Ph.D., H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English, University of Delaware
The Winterthur Program is proud to introduce our current Fellows.
Alumni of the Winterthur Program follow diverse career paths in museums, antiques and auction houses, preservation organizations, historical societies, colleges and universities, libraries, and businesses. Program Graduates have held distinguished positions at all of the following institutions:
Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University, PA
Adirondack Experience, Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, NY
American Swedish Historical Museum, PA
Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Autry Museum of the American West, CA
Bard Graduate Center, NY
Brandywine River Museum of Art, PA
Brunk Auctions, NC
Carnegie Museum of Art, PA
Chester County Historical Society, PA
Chipstone Foundation, WI
Christies, Inc., NY and United Kingdom
The Creative Vision Factory, DE
The Chrysler Museum, VA
Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, VA
Concord Museum, MA
Cooperstown Graduate Program, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
The Decorative Arts Trust, PA
The Denver Art Museum, CO
Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
DuSable Museum of African American History, IL
Florence Griswold Museum, CT
Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Freeman’s Auctions, PA
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, VA
Gilbert Collection, UK
Gunston Hall, VA
Hennepin History Museum, MN
Henry Ford Museum, MI
Historic Deerfield, MA
Historic Natchez Foundation, MS
Historic New England, MA
Historic New Orleans Collection, LA
Historic Philadelphia, Inc., PA
Historic Richmond Town, NY
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, PA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
James Madison University, VA
Jayne Design Studio, NY
Johns Hopkins University, The Homewood Museum, MD
Lancaster General Hospital, PA
Liberty Stoneware, NC and VA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Maryland Historical Society, MD
Maryland State Archives, MD
Mattatuck Museum, CT
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
The Mint Museum, NC
Museum of the American Revolution, PA
Museum of Danish America, IA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bayou Bend, TX
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, VA
Mystic Seaport, Museum of America & the Sea, CT
Nantucket Historical Association, MA
National Endowment for the Humanities, DC
National Park Service
National Portrait Gallery, DC
The Newark Museum, NJ
The New Hampshire Historical Society, NH
The New York Public Library, NY
New-York Historical Society, NY
New York State Council on the Arts, NY
New York Yacht Club, NY
Old Sturbridge Village, MA
Peabody Essex Museum, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Plimoth Plantation, MA
President James K. Polk Home & Museum, TN
RGA, Inc. – Richard Grubb & Associates, Cultural Resource Consultants
Rosenbach Museum & Library, PA
Saint Louis Art Museum, MO
Shelburne Museum, VT
Smith College Museum of Art, MA
The Smithsonian Institution, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
The Speed Art Museum, KY
Stenton Mansion, Philadelphia, PA
Sumpter Priddy III, Inc., VA
Terra Foundation for American Art, IL
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, VA
Trustees of Reservations, MA
University of California at Berkeley, CA
University of Delaware, DE
University of Massachusetts, MA
University of Miami, FL
University of Minnesota Digital Library, MN
University of Michigan, MI
University of Pennsylvania, PA
University of Texas at Austin, TX
Valparaiso University, IN
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, CT
Washington and Lee University, VA
The White House, DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, DE
Wipiak Consulting & Appraisals, OH
Wyck Historic House, Farm, & Garden, PA
Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP
Yale University, Yale University Art Gallery, CT