Claire Dempsey

CLAIRE_DEMPSEY226 Bay State Rd (Room 108)
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Telephone: (617) 353-9910
Fax: (617) 353-2556

curriculum vitae

Associate Professor of American and New England Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. AM, Wheaton College; MA, Boston University.


Ms. Dempsey has taught architectural history and research methods courses in the Program since 1991. She has conducted preservation research within the compliance, identification, and evaluation areas for the Massachusetts Historical Commission and for a number of cities, towns, and research institutions. Research for New England area museums and historic sites has complemented her preservation work, for clients including the Haverhill Historical Society; Old Sturbridge Village; the Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, MA; the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Ledyard, CT; and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor (National Park Service). Ms. Dempsey is the author of Building Hardwick: Community Histories in Landscape and Architecture, co-author of The Historical and Archaeological Resources of Central Massachusetts and The Historic and Archaeological resources of Cape Cod and the Islands, and contributor to Building Portsmouth: the Neighborhoods and Architecture of New Hampshire’s Oldest City (1992) and The Early Architecture and Landscapes of the Narragansett Basin (2001). She serves as archivist for the Vernacular Architecture Forum and as president of its New England Chapter.