Meghan Townes

Material Culture, Visual Culture, Southern Studies, and Public Humanities

  • Title Material Culture, Visual Culture, Southern Studies, and Public Humanities
  • Office B08
  • Education BA in Anthropology, College of William and Mary;
    AM in Public Humanities, Brown University

Meghan comes to AMNESP after spending ten years working in collections management and registration. She studied Anthropology and History at the College of William and Mary, where her James Monroe Scholar project looked at the impact of the visual culture of tourism on the construction of Scottish national identity. She received her master’s in Public Humanities from the Department of American Studies at Brown University, focusing on oral history and material culture. Her particular research interest is in how art was commissioned, produced, and consumed in Reconstruction and New South Richmond. She hopes to understand how the creation and reception of artwork in Richmond during this time period reflects, or challenges, the narrative surrounding larger political, economic, and social changes.

Meghan has worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the George Washington Foundation. She served most recently as the Visual Studies Collection Registrar at the Library of Virginia, where she worked with Virginia’s State Art Collection.

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