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 Brabec, Interim Director of CHS, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
  • 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, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center
  • James Boyce, Professor, Economics, Director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute
  • Kathleen Brown-Perez, Commonwealth Honors 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, Director of Middle Eastern Studies
  • Catherine Portugues, Professor, 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, Community Health Education
  • James Young, Professor, English and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Research Affiliates

  • Ethan Carr, Professor, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
  • Flavia Montenegro-Menezes, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture & 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, Anthropology, Research Assistant, Heritage & Society Editorial Assistant
  • Evan Taylor, Anthropology, 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