University of Massachusetts Amherst





About the picture

A carnival barker takes a sip of soda at the Vermont State Fair in 1941.


People of CHS

The Center for Heritage and Society brings together a number of faculty, staff, and graduate students who are interested in heritage issues.


  • Elizabeth Chilton, Director of CHS, Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Samuel Redman, Associate Director of CHS, Assistant Professor, History, Public History Program
  • Matthew Hill, Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Steering Committee

An interdisciplinary committee of faculty, providing guidance to the Center’s development and direction, and dedicated to boosting the impact and visibility of the work of the Center. The Steering Committee will guide the general direction of the Center and will have responsibility for the oversight of academic prorgrams, administrative and financial functioning, and will help to facilitate interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary synergies and collaborations.

  • Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • James Boyce, Professor, Economics,
    Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute
  • Elizabeth Brabec, Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Kathleen Brown-Perez, Commonwealth College, Co-Chair of the Five College Native American Indian Studies Committee
  • David Glassberg, Professor, Public History Program, History
  • David Mednicoff, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration
  • Cathy Portugues, Comparative Literature, Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies
  • Amilcar Shabazz, Professor, W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
  • Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor, Public Health
  • James Young, Professor, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies

Research Affiliates

  • Ethan Carr, Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Flavia Montenegro-Menezes, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Neil Silberman, President, ICOMOS-ICIP; Adjunct, Department of Anthropology
  • Angela Labrador, Adjunct, Department of Anthropology, Heritage & Society Reviews Editor

Graduate Students

  • Erica Kowsz, Research Assistant, Heritage & Society Editorial Assistant
  • Evan Taylor, Research Assistant, Conference Coordinator
Center for Heritage and Society, 215 Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 phone: 413.545.2221  fax: 413.545.9494