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I have the great privilege to teach museum studies and anthropology at an urban university committed to community engagement. I value collaborative research and seek to produce public scholarship that is accessible, useful, and explores systems of power and social difference. See below and the publications page for examples of my work.


My research investigates how humans appropriate the tangible and intangible remnants of the past and mobilize them in the constitution of social relationships. Using archaeological, historical, and art historical approaches, I investigate the intersections of landscape and power and examine how the built environment and other forms of material culture are deployed in the contestation of social inequalities across boundaries such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and religion.

For more on my work scroll down and also see my blog: www.


Humanities Action Lab
States of Incarceration 


Contested Heritage in Indiana


Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, Jeremy W. Foutz, Elizabeth Wood, Larry J. Zimmerman, “’I just don’t ever use that word’: Investigating Stakeholders’ Understanding of Heritage.” International Journal of Heritage Studies (published online June 22, 2017) 

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, "Crafting the Past: Mission Models and the Curation of California Heritage" Heritage & Society (2015) 8 (1): 60-83.

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