Dr Katharine Fernstrom

Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology and Art History


Ph.D., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1999
M.A., Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1980
B.A., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst,1976

Areas of Expertise

Native American Arts
Melanesian Arts
Exchange Systems
Social Organization
Art History


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 where she served as Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. 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.


Community and 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 Publications and Presentations

  • 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 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.