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Trinidad Rico, Director of Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS)

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Trinidad Rico is Assistant Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS). She also holds an honorary lecturer position at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London. Dr Rico's areas of research in critical heritage include risk, Islamic materiality, ethnography and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise. Her research projects focus on the mobilization of Islamic values in the Arabian Peninsula and the study of heritage and secrecy in South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula(Ashgate, 2014) andHeritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage(University Press of Colorado, 2015); as well as author ofConstructing Destruction: Heritage narratives in the tsunami city(UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series, Routledge 2016), and founding editor of the seriesHeritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan). Dr Rico is currently serving in the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.





Katharine Woodhouse-Beyer, Assistant Director of Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS)

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Lecturer and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty (Art History Department) and Lecturer (Anthropology Department); Principal/Senior Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey and Historic Preservation Consulting

PhD (Anthropology), Brown University; MPhil (European Archaeology), Oxford University; BA (Anthropology) Bryn Mawr College



  • Research Interests: Cultural Heritage Studies; Historical Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; Native North American ethnography and archaeology; Circumpolar ethnography and archaeology; Museology and Material Culture Studies; Ethnohistory; European Archaeology (Bronze Age - Early Medieval); Archaeological Conservation; Archaeology of Gender, Ethnicity, and Colonialism; Public Archaeology; Heritage and Tourism; Anthropological and Archaeological Ethics; Anthropology/Archaeology of Death
  • Fall 2014 Course: Cultural Resource Management and Global Cultural Heritage Preservation
  • Past CHAPS Courses Taught: Native American Art, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Preservation (2010); Cultural Resource Management (2009, 2010, 2012); Re/claiming the Past: Communities, Material Culture and Cultural Heritage (2011, 2013); The Significance of Objects: Material Culture Studies and Cultural Heritage (2011); Cemeteries/Monuments/Memorials: Cultural Heritage and Remembering the Dead (2012); Rising from the Ashes: Cultural Heritage in the Wake of Cultural Trauma and Natural Disasters (2013)
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Board Advisory:


Archer St.Clair Harvey

stclair harvey2Professor and Program Director of Program in Cultural and Preservation Studies (till 2016)
Late Antique & Byzantine Art
Ph.D., Princeton University

Phone:  (848) 932-1305

Biographical Information:
Professor Harvey's research centers on late antiquity. She is also active as an archaeologist and served as Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome/Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma Palatine East Excavation, which is now in the final publication stage. Professor Harvey was the 1996 recipient of the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in the Humanities. Her interest in Cultural Heritage issues is longstanding. In 1998, she organized the international conference, “Art, Antiquity, and the Law: Preserving Our Global Cultural Heritage,” at Rutgers, and she spearheaded the creation of the MA program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS), inaugurated in 2009. In 2013 she headed the CHAPS team that organized the international conference “Cultural landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century” bringing over 300 people from 29 countries to Rutgers, and under her direction CHAPS finalized a 5 year renewable Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, a collaborative agreement that expands opportunities for CHAPS students and faculty at the global level. She is currently finalizing the new CHAPS PhD concentration to be offered within the Department of Art History beginning in Fall 2014.

Current Interests & Research:

Global Issues in Cultural Heritage Preservation
Late Antique and Early Christian Art
Rome in late Antiquity
Liturgical and topographical influence on Early Christian and Medieval art.

Recent Publications:


Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions, ed. K. Taylor, A. St. Clair, N. Mitchell, Routledge (Key Issues in Cultural Heritage Series), 2014.

Palatine East Excavations II: The Finds, ed., A. St. Clair, DeLuca Editori, 2014.

Carving as Craft: The Palatine East Discoveries and the Greco-Roman Carving Tradition, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2003.  

Selected Publications:

“Room S20: The Decorative Program,” Palatine East Excavations I: Architecture and Stratigraphy, ed. E. Hostetter and R. Brandt, De Luca Editori, 2009, 213-228.

“Bone and Ivory Carving in Rome: Patterns of Consumption, 1st c. BC-5th c. AD” Spätantike und byzantinische Elfenbeinwerke in Discurs, Berlin, 2008, 249-270.

“Carving in the Center: Evidence for an Urban Workshop on the Palatine Hill in Rome,” Spatantike und byzantinische Elfenbeinbildwerke in Discurs, Wiesbaden 2008, 251-270.

"Late Antique Transitions: A Decorated Room on the Palatine in its Late Roman Context," Memoirs of The American Academy in Rome, 47, 2002, 229-258.

"Imperial Virtue: Questions of Form and Function in the Case of Four Late Antique Statuettes," Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 50, 1996, 147-162.

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Department of Art History
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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