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Steven Lubar

Professor, Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture and Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage:
American Studies; John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, History
Phone: +1 401 863 6115
lubar@brown.edu

Professor Lubar directs Brown's Public Humanities program, building on his interests in issues of culture, community, and public history. Present research projects include work in the history of museums, material culture, 19th-century invention and technology, and digital humanities.

Biography

Steven Lubar, Professor, American Studies. Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. At Brown since 2004. Before that, Chair of the Division of the History of Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Author or co-author of "Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian"; "InfoCulture"; and "History from Things." Exhibits include "America on the Move" and "Engines of Change" at the Smithsonian, many smaller exhibitions at Brown and as consulting curator elsewhere. Interests include the history of museums and memorials, material culture studies, cultural theory in the study of history of technology, and digital humanities.

Interests

Professor Lubar directs Brown's Public Humanities program, building on his interests in issues of culture, community, and public history. Present research projects include work in the history of museums, material culture, 19th-century invention and technology, and digital humanities. He is working on a book on history curatorship.

Degrees

Ph.D

Awards

"Engines of Change" received the Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits from the Society for the History of Technology, 1987

"The Information Age" received the Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits from the Society for the History of Technology, 1990

"In the Footstep of Perry; The Smithsonian Goes to Japan," won the G. Wesley Johnson prize for the best article published in The Public Historian in 1995

Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian won first prize in the 2002 AAM museum books design competition

Teaching

I teach two courses that introduce public humanities. AMST2650, a small seminar course, considers the theory of the public humanities: students read important books about history and memory, culture and community, and presentation and representation. AMST1550, Methods in the Public Humanities, looks at the field in a more practical way. It considers the work of museum curators and others who conserve and interpret culture, and includes tours and many guest speakers. I also teach more specialized courses on museum exhibition and collecting, on digital humanities, and the history of technology.

Funded Research

N/A

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Curriculum Vitae

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