Select publications by Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Researchers at the Center for Public Humanities.

Steve Lubar, Interim Director / Professor, American Studies and History

Ron Potvin, Assistant Director, Curator

Susan Smulyan, Director (2014-2020) / Professor, American Studies

Dietrich Neumann, Director (2020-2022) / Professor, History of Art and Architecture

Marisa Brown, Assistant Director for Programs (2015-2022)

Steve Lubar

Curatorship” in the Oxford Bibliography of Anthropology:with Allyson LaForge, 2019.

“Engaging with Nießer and Tomann’s Engaged History,” The Public Historian 40 (4), 33-36, 2018.

“Looking through the Skiascope: Benjamin Ives Gilman and the Invention of the Modern Museum Gallery, in Panorama, Summer 2017 (3.1)

Making the Case for Brown University’s Stamp Collections,” with Sarah Dylla, The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, Spring 2017.

Little Compton: A Changing Landscape (Little Compton, RI: Little Compton Historical Society, 2019), ed. with Bart Brownell and Marjory O’Toole. Guest co-editor, Museum History Review, for special issue on lost museums, ed. with Lukas Rieppel, Kate Duffy and Ann Daly, January 2017.

Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present. 2017.

Fifty Years of Collecting: Curatorial Philosophy at the National Museum of American History,” Federal History Journal, January 2015.

"Beautiful Data." Ars Orientalis. 2014; 44 (20151116)

"Curator as Auteur." The Public Historian. 2014; 36 (1) : 71-76.

"‘To Polish and Adorn the Mind’: The United States Naval Lyceum at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1833–89." Museum History Journal. 2014; 7 (1) : 84-102.

"Timelines in Exhibitions." Curator: The Museum Journal. 2013; 56 (2) : 169-188.

"Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.Curator: The Museum Journal. 2012; 55 (2) : 233-236.

"The Making of “America on the Move” at the National Museum of American History." Curator: The Museum Journal. 2004; 47 (1) : 19-51.

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Ron Potvin

"Hyperlocal History: Linking People to the Past Through Race, Class, and Memory" (with Marjory Gomez O'Toole), in Doing Public Humanities, 2020, 73-96.

“Finding Numen at Historic Sites,” in Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions, 2019, 125–33.

Review: House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town by Beth Luey.", The Public Historian, (2018) 40 (2): 172–174.

"Chasing the White Whale? Flexible Use of Museum Collections." History News, Autumn 2014.

"A Word (or Two) about Relevance." AASLH Blog, September 25, 2014. 

"Washington Slept Here? Reinterpreting the Stephen Hopkins House." History News, Spring 2011.

"House or Home? Rethinking the House Museum Paradigm." The Power and Predicament of Historic Sites, History News, Spring 2010.

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Susan Smulyan

Doing Public Humanities, ed. Susan Smulyan (Routledge Press, July 2020).

Major Problems in American Popular Culture. 2011.

Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century. 2011.

"The Cultural Turn in U.S. Diplomatic History." Diplomatic History. 2009; 33 (3) : 539-542.

"Live from Waikiki: Colonialism, Race, and Radio in Hawaii, 1934–1963." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 2007; 27 (1) : 63-75.

Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting 1920-1934. 1996.

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Dietrich Neumann

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Villa Wolf in Guben. Geschichte und Rekonstruktion (Berlin: D.O.M. publisher, 2021) Editor and Co-Author.

An Accidental Masterpiece: Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion (Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2020)

Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion One hundred texts since 1929 (Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2020)

Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper (Exhibition Catalogue, Bell Gallery, Brown University, 2020) Co-curator and co-editor of the catalogue.

"'Man Against the Sky:' Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper" in: Dietrich Neumann, Jon Duval and Jo-Ann Conklin (Eds.) Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper (Exhibition Catalogue, Bell Gallery, Brown University 2020), 20-43.

"Space Oddity: Berlin bei Nacht." In: Wolfgang Sonne (Ed.) StadtRaumDetail. Vom Bordstein zur Strassenlaterne. Die Ausstattung des öffentlichen Raums.  (Berlin: DOM Publishers, 2020), 108-125.

 "Courting Frank Lloyd Wright: the Dutch-German Competition for his first monograph" Sjoerd van Faassen, Carola Hein and Phoebus Panigyrakis, eds.  Dutch Connections : Essays on International Relationships in Architectural History in Honor of Herman van Bergeijk, BK Open, Delft 2020: 405-430.

"All the Struggles of the Present" Alexander Dorner, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Rhode Island Architecture, from From: Sarah Ganz-Blythe, Andrew Martinez: Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner,  MIT Press, 2018.

"Johnson’s Grid" (The List Art Centre),  co-written with Juergen Schulz, AA Files (Architectural Association), No 70, 2015.

"A Skyscraper for Mussolini", AA Files (Architectural Association), No 68, 2014.

"Instead of the Grand Tour: Travel Replacements in the Nineteenth Century", Perspecta 41:47-53, January 2008.

"Richard Neutra's Windshield House", ed. by Dietrich Neumann, Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Graduate School of Design : Harvard University Art Museums ; New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.

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Marisa Brown

Spatial Justice and the Public Humanities,” Humanities for All Blog, National Humanities Alliance (Jul 13, 2021).

7 Preservation Resolutions for 2021,” National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Forum (Dec 28, 2020)

“Preservation’s Expanded Field,” in Doing Public Humanities, ed. Susan Smulyan (Routledge Press, July 2020).

Preservation’s Existential Crisis,” National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Forum (June 19, 2020).

Review, The Roots of the Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and Struggle over Harlem, by Brian D. Goldstein (Harvard University Press, 2017) in Buildings and Landscapes (Spring 2018). 

“1873 Meets 1963 at 526 LaGuardia — The Design of Chaim Gross’ Home and Studio,” in Building Identity: Art, Architecture and the Artist's Life (Chaim and Renee Gross Foundation, 2017).  

"Radical Urbanism: On M. Paul Friedberg's Riis Park Plaza (1966)." Perspecta 50 (MIT, 2017) 

"Integration by Design: Bertrand Goldberg’s Hilliard Homes and the Architecture of Public Housing in Postwar Chicago." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (June 2017)

"An Obituary for the Fogarty Building." co-written with Caroline Stevens, Providence Journal (Mar 15, 2017) 

"Age of the Modern Home." Art New England (Mar-Apr 2015)

"Could We Be Seeing an End to the Architecture Wars?Providence Journal (Dec 5, 2014)

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