Kirsten Crase

Research Associate
Project Director and Lead Writer, Potomac Gorge Project
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Kirsten Crase earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland in 2014, exploring the role of sense of place and the preservationist ethic within marginalized communities that are undergoing dramatic structural changes. Dr. Crase conducted extensive ethnographic and place-based research for her doctoral work in Southeast Washington, D.C. and in the coalfields region of eastern Kentucky. Work drawn from this research was recently published as a chapter in the anthology American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, published by Routledge. Dr. Crase’s broader research interests include place-based studies, ethnography, cultural landscape studies, environmental history, public history, urban studies, and Appalachian studies. She also holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from St. Olaf College.


Dr. Crase taught in the Historic Preservation program from 2010 to 2013 in the area of historical research methods, and has taught undergraduate courses on material culture and ethnography in the American Studies department. She has also taught introductory American Studies courses for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s American Studies department. Her current position with the Historic Preservation program involves conducting research on the cultural and environmental resources of the Potomac River Gorge area as part of a joint agreement with the National Park Service. Dr. Crase serves as project director and lead writer for the Potomac Gorge project, and is also assisting with a second National Park Service joint agreement.


PhD American Studies - University of Maryland
BA History and American Studies - St. Olaf College