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Kirsten Crase teaches in the area of historical research methods in the Historic Preservation program, in addition to courses on material culture and ethnography in the American Studies department. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, and holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from St. Olaf College. Her dissertation work makes use of ethnography to consider the role of sense of place and the preservationist ethic within marginalized communities that are undergoing dramatic structural changes. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research for this dissertation project in Southeast Washington, D.C. and in the coalfields region of eastern Kentucky. Within Historic Preservation, Ms. Crase has worked with a number of local communities on historic preservation issues as part of facilitating local fieldwork for students in the program. She recently published a chapter in the anthology American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, published by Routledge.