Marisa Angell Brown is the Assistant Director for Programs and Adjunct Lecturer in the Public Humanities where she teaches a course called Critical Approaches to Preservation and Heritage. Brown is a cultural historian and curator with interests in architecture, preservation, heritage and public art. Her writing has been published in The Providence Journal, Art New England, Perspecta and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and her exhibitions and installations have been covered by Metropolis, Architectural Record, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Rhode Island Public Radio. She delivered the keynote address, Inheritance: What We Preserve and Why, at the 2020 annual meeting of the Providence Preservation Society, and is the author of "Preservation's Expanded Field" in Doing Public Humanities (Routledge, 2020).
Brown is biracial, with parents from New York City and Busan, South Korea; she was born in New York City and grew up in Dubai in the U.A.E. She has a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University, an MA in History from the University of Chicago, and an AB in Religion from Princeton University. Her new project, a book tentatively titled Inheritance: Dispatches from the Heritage Wars, explores recent conflicts over representations of Black and Indigenous people in historic buildings and spaces. She is on Twitter @marisa_angell and on Instagram @marisaangellbrown, and is a member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.