Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice



Katharine Fernstrom

Part-time Faculty in Anthropology and Art History


Liberal Arts, Room 3349;

Center for the Arts, Room 2028

Phone:   410-704-3584
Fax:   410-704-2854

Katharine Fernstrom

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; Tiffany & Co.'s use of Native American design at the 1893 Columbus Exposition; and urban murals in Baltimore City.

Current Courses:

Anthropology of American Culture, ANTH 209

Introduction to Non-Western Art, ARTH 108


Scheduled for Summer 2015:

Anthropology of American Culture, ANTH 209
Introduction to Non-Western Art, ARTH 108 (online)


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
Introduction to Non-Western Art, ARTH 108
Topics in Art History: Mesoamerican Art & Architecture, ARTH 370/570

Topics in Art History: Native American Art History, ARTH 370/570

Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Art, ANTH 370/530


Community & Professional Service:

Member, Ethics Committee, Society for American Archaeology

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-
Aug. 2012.

Selected Presentations, Papers, Publications, and Exhibitions:

The Archaeological Potential of the Mace Farm at CCBC, Essex, Baltimore County. Paper Presented, at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation, Solomons Island, Maryland, October 30-November 2, 2014.

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
, 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.







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