Katharine received her PhD in Anthropology, with a specialty in Archaeology, in 1999 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her geographic specialties are Native America and Melanesia. Her topical and theoretical specialties are archaeology, ethnohistory, art and material culture as these relate to systems of exchange and communication, and social organization.
She has done archaeological fieldwork in Maryland, Arizona, New Mexico, and Illinois.
From 1987 to 2002 she was a member of the curatorial staff at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Her current projects include developing an exhibition of prints by Inuit Artist Myra Kukiiyaut in the collection of Judith Varney Burch; Tiffany & Co.'s use of Native American design at the 1893 Columbus Exposition; an archaeological examination of the usefulness of genetics in identifying aquatic shell fragments; and urban murals in Baltimore City.
Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Art, ANTH 370/530
Scheduled for Summer 2013:
Anthropology of American Culture, ANTH 209 [Flyer]
Previous Courses Taught:
Anthropology of American Culture, ANTH 209 (with and without a Service Learning component)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 207
Human Evolution and Prehistory, ANTH 208
Special Topics: Anthropology of Art, ANTH 370/530
Introduction to Non-Western Art, ANTH 108
Mesoamerican Art & Architecture, ANTH 370
Community & Professional Service:
Member, Museum Board, of the Cultural Center Museum at The Baltimore American Indian
Center Nov, 2011- Current
Representative from the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group to the Archaeology Society of Maryland, 2010-current
Grants and Awards:
Towson University Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program to develop a Service Learning
Component in Public Mural Art for the class: Anthropology of American Culture. Sept. 2011-
Selected Presentations, Papers, Publications, and Exhibitions:
Taxonomic Identification Of Aquatic Shell Using Genetic Methods and Assumptions: Can It Be Done? Presented to the Upper Patuxent Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, May 14, 2012.
The Arts of American Identity: Tiffany & Co.'s Use of Native American Design at the Paris
(1889) and Chicago (1893) International Expositions. Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings
of the New England American Studies Association, Boston, 2010.
Archaeology and the Construction of Euro-American Identity: Tiffany & Co. at the 1893
Chicago Exposition. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meetings of The Society for American
Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-18. 2010
“Nunavut: Our Land.” In the Series “Native American Cultures”, Presented by the Johns
Hopkins University Odyssey Program, 2006 .
Tohono O'odham Baskets in the Bequest of Florence Reese Winslow, The Baltimore Museum of Art. Paper Presented at the Native American Art Studies Association Conference, October 16-18, 1997, Berkeley, California.
"The Alan Wurtzburger Oceanic Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art" in Pacific Arts
Journal, Nos. 15 & 16:88-96. 1997
"Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art From the Canadian Arctic"; a traveling exhibition originated
by and shown at The Baltimore Museum of Art; also exhibited at the MacDonald-Stewart Art
Centre, Guelph, Ontario, June 11-July 18, 1994 and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, August 17
October 9, 1994; co-curator with Anita Jones and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad. Accompanied
by the Catalogue: Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art from the Canadian Arctic coauthored with
Anita Jones. The Baltimore Museum of Art. 1993.
"A Shared Tradition: Native North American Beadwork", The Baltimore Museum of Art,
Baltimore, Maryland; co curated with Anita Jones, The Baltimore Museum of Art. 1990.