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, history of American cartography, print culture and visual art, and digital humanities.
Aside from directing WPAMC, Martin Brückner is Professor of American Literature and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, where he has also served as the Co-Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies. He is the author of two award-winning books, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (2017) and The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity (2006), and is the editor of four volumes, the most recent being, Modelwork: The Material Culture of Making and Knowing (2021) and Elusive Archives. Material Culture Studies in Formation (2021). He has published over thirty essays on early American literature and visual & material culture in journals such as American Art, American Literary History, American Quarterly, English Literary History, Winterthur Portfolio, Open Cultural Studies, and in many scholarly collections. 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). In 2013 he worked as Visiting Curator at the Winterthur Museum, where he prepared the exhibition Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience (2013-2014). In 2022 he organized the Ahr Valley Recovery Mission, a joint venture of the Winterthur Cultures and Conservation programs that assisted local museums dealing with catastrophic flooding in his native Germany
Catharine Dann Roeber, PhDDirector of Academic Affairs and Brock W. Jobe Associate Professor of Decorative Arts and Material Culture Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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 Affairs 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. Her work centers supporting, advocating for, and participating in endeavors to build a more equitable and inclusive future for cultural heritage, decorative arts, and material culture studies, and conservation through exhibitions, programs, teaching, mentoring, and community collaboration. She recently co-edited The Cambridge Handbook of Material Culture. Roeber draws on her background of international experience with archeology departments, research libraries, museums and cultural non-profits in encouraging people to enjoy and study stuff. Other pursuits include researching built environments and landscapes, historic foodways, print culture, historic interiors, and collecting, collections and museums.
Leslie B. GrigsbySenior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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.
(Major contributor) Chan, Libby Lai-Pak and Nina Lai-Na Wan, eds. The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784–1900 exhib. cat. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Maritime Museum Ltd, 2018).
“The Kendi as a Source of Worldwide Fascination” (article). Aronson Antiquairs140th Anniversary Publication, Delftware, Collections, Volume II; Dining à la Française, Asian Influences & Interior Decorations. (Aronson Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021)
“Winterthur Primer: To Your Health! Medicine, Objects & History,” Antiques and Fine Art, 21st Anniversary Issue (2021)
“Icons of America: George Washington and Beyond. Selections from the Winterthur Collection,” loan exhibition article for Washington (Winter) Antiques Show Catalogue, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC (2020).
“Firing the Imagination: Ceramic Imagery Inspired by the Middle East” (tentative title), American Ceramic Circle Journal (expected publication) (2018)
“Winterthur Primer: Let’s Vase It! Revisiting Some Once-Popular Flower Containers,” Antiques and FineArt (2015)
“Winterthur Primer: Mirth and Friendship: A Celebration of Humor and Alcoholic Beverages,” Antiques and Fine Art (2012)
“Mocha and Dipped Wares: Combining Fashion and Fancy,” Antiques and Fine Art (2009)
With contributions by M. Archer, M. Macfarlane, J. Horne, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware (2 vols) (2000)
English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg (1993)
English Pottery 1650-1800: The Henry H. Weldon Collection (vol. 1) (1990)
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. She also consulted regarding the reinstallation of the modern galleries at George Washington’s Mount Vernon as well as for the exhibition “The Dragon & The Eagle: American Traders in China…” at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Leslie is the head of the Ceramics, Glass and Enamels vetting teams for The Winter Show (NYC) and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF, NYC). She lectures widely, throughout the United States and Canada as well as in the UK, China and Australia.
Laura Johnson, PhDLinda Eaton Curator of Textiles Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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, Garden & Library
Josh Lane teaches the Furniture portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. Lane specializes in early American furniture and its cultural contexts. Research interests include collaboration with conservation and curatorial colleagues to study furniture woods and other materials that circulated in the global economy.
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 Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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.
Jackie KillianAssistant Director of Academic Programs, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Jackie Killian manages the daily operation and planning of Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program. She supports Winterthur Program students’ academic life through facilitating the Summer Institute orientation, co-leading various field trips, and organizing professional development opportunities. She is a guest lecturer for University of Delaware courses on topics that pull from her professional experience in museum fundraising and her research on enslaved furnituremakers on the southern landscape.
“The Half Not Told: Enslaved Furniture-making in Northern Alabama Prior to 1865,” in Black Craftspeople on the Southern Landscape, 1680-1865 (working title), eds. Dr. Torren Gatson and Dr. Tiffany Momon (anticipated 2023 or 2024).
Killian has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over 20 years and is happiest connecting people to the resources that will help them—in their research, in their career, or in whatever goal they pursue. Her professional experience includes curation and collections management through positions at Lyndhurst, the Armour-Stiner (Octagon House), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Winterthur, as well as fundraising and advancement as a grants manager. Before returning to Winterthur in 2022, she oversaw exhibition fundraising at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the region’s largest cultural organization.
In addition to lecturing at Winterthur conferences, Killian has presented at symposia organized by the Decorative Arts Trust, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and American Glass Guild. Her scholarship uses furniture made in the American mid-Atlantic and inland South to re-establish the interdependence and interconnectedness of these regions: their networks of people, their systems of labor and economic structures, their customs and culture. She frequently uses digital tools in this work. Killian lives in Philadelphia and enjoys helping students familiarize themselves with it as another resource for their academic and personal enrichment during graduate school.
Rebecca Parmer teaches the Books and Manuscripts portion of the Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. She is responsible for the development and stewardship of the Library’s rare book, manuscript, and archival collections, and is a specialist in 19th century American literature, publication, and maritime history.
With M. Rodriguez and D. McBrayer. IDEA in collections: A resource for GLAM practitioners. (forthcoming 2023)
A conversation about Catesby’s natural history with the Winterthur library director. Winterthur Portfolio 56(4), 203-214. (2022)
With M. Rodriguez, Biographies of Nettie Truax, Lillian Cawthra Worrall, Morna Alma Wood, Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States (2021)
With R. Oliveira and A. Rotramel, “Engaging women’s history through collaborative archival Wikipedia projects,” Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy (2019)
With A.M. Davis, J. McCullough, and B. Panciera, “Faculty-library collaborations in digital history: A case study of the travel journal of Cornelius B. Gold,” The Digital Humanities: Implications for Librarians, Libraries, and Librarianship (2018)
Rebecca Parmer is the Director of the Winterthur Library, an independent research center focused on the artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history of the Americas in a global context from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She was previously the director of Archives & Special Collections at the University of Connecticut. Her current research interests focus on exploring how people learn with collections through inquiry- and project-based engagement, and on investigating ways to build more equitable, accessible, and inclusive collections. Other research interests include the history of American print, readership, and the popular press through the 19th century; Herman Melville; and maritime history and literature.
Kedra Kearis Associate Curator of Art and Visual Culture Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Kedra Kearis teaches the Prints and Paintings Connoisseurship courses for the Winterthur Program. Her scholarship explores the art and visual culture of the global eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the lens of the history of collecting.
Kearis’ specialties include transnational portrait style, revival interiors, and women collectors. Her research interrogates new definitions of cosmopolitanism and the portrait within the print culture of the US in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.
Kearis has taught a range of object-based courses in the university and museum settings. Topics have included the history of the portrait, landscape painting in the nineteenth century, as well as global art production and the city.
Prior to pursuing a career in museums, she taught French language and literature for nearly ten years.
Kearis has received grants and fellowships in support of her research from Association of Historians of American Art, New-York Historical Society, The Preservation Society of Newport County, Temple University, and the Center for Global Literacy and Cultural Studies at Michigan
Chase works at the intersection of museums and higher education, bringing administrative and project management experience to her current position. Since joining Winterthur’s academic affairs division in 2014, Chase has supported interdisciplinary research and graduate education, working with students, scholars, and makers across the arts and humanities.
As academic affairs administrator, Chase develops and manages workflows across programs and collaborates with division and departmental leadership to support Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program and the Winterthur/University of Delaware graduate programs. She is also a staff reader for Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.
Chase received a B.A. in art history from the University of Delaware. She has held various positions with Winterthur’s visitor services and academic programs departments, was an archival processor for the University of Pennsylvania’s PACSCL Hidden Collections Project, and managed an archival processing project for the Montgomery School.
Supports Centers and Programs: Winterthur Program in American Material Culture & Center for Material Culture Studies
Kathy BeardsleyAcademic Program Coordinator University of Delaware
Kathy Beardsley recently joined the UD staff and assists students and staff in the program navigate the administrative processes between UD and Winterthur. She received her bachelor’s degree from UD and has over 25 years of experience in higher education administration where her work focused on admissions for undergraduate and graduate populations. Through her experience collaborating with a variety of campus and program stakeholders she hopes to assist the current faculty and staff attract qualified and diverse students to this distinguished program.
Supports Centers and Programs: CAS Public Humanities Portfolio
African American Public Humanities Initiative
Center for Material Culture Studies
Center for the Study of Diversity
Institute for Transforming University Education
Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Museum Studies & Public Engagement
Paul R. Jones Initiative
Tracy H. Jentzsch, Ed.D.Program Manager, CAS Public Humanities Portfolio University of Delaware
Tracy Jentzsch is the Program Manager for the University of Delaware Interdisciplinary Centers and Programs. She and her team support the UD College of Arts & Sciences Public Humanities Portfolio, which includes: African American Public Humanities Initiative, Center for Material Culture Studies, Center for the Study of Diversity, Institute for Transforming University Education, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Medical Scholars, Museum Studies & Public Engagement, Paul R. Jones Initiative, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and UD Global Arts.
Tracy holds a BA in Communication Arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University; an MA in Liberal Studies with a focus on Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware; a Museum Studies & Public Engagement Certificate from the University of Delaware and she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware with a research focus on micro credentialing.
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)
Wendy Bellion, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor, Art History, University of Delaware
Mary Bowden, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor, 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 Emerita, Art History, University of Delaware
Ken Cohen, Ph.D., Director of Museum Studies, Associate Professor of History, 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., Professor Emeritus 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., 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
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
Jennifer Van Horn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware (Program Alumna)
Jaipreet Virdi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware
Sarah Wasserman, Ph.D., Director, Center for Material Culture Studies & Associate 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