Kirsten Crase earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland in 2014, exploring the role of sense of place and the preservationist ethic within marginalized communities that are undergoing dramatic structural changes. Dr. Crase conducted extensive ethnographic and place-based research for her doctoral work in Southeast Washington, D.C. and in the coalfields region of eastern Kentucky. Work drawn from this research appeared in the anthology American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, published by Routledge. She has also presented extensively on this work. Dr. Crase’s broader research interests include place-based studies, ethnography, cultural landscape studies, environmental history, public history, urban studies, and Appalachian studies. She also holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from St. Olaf College.
Dr. Crase’s current position as a post-doctoral research associate for the Historic Preservation program consists primarily of directing two HISP National Park Service grant projects. She is project director and lead writer for the NPS Potomac Gorge Project, which explores the intersections of cultural and natural history in the Potomac River Gorge. She also directs the NPS List of Classified Structures survey project, which provides graduate assistants with hands-on experience in assessing and documenting the historic resources located in area national parks. Dr. Crase has helped lead the HISP summer study abroad program at Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire, and from 2010-2013 she taught the HISP program’s historical research methods course. She has also taught undergraduate courses on material culture and ethnography in UMD’s American Studies department, and introductory American Studies courses for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s American Studies department.
PhD American Studies - University of Maryland
BA History and American Studies - St. Olaf College