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Welcome to the Cultural Heritage Research Center

The Cultural Heritage Research Center in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is a collaborative, multidisciplinary center conducting cultural heritage research and working with community partners to address critical needs.


The mission of the Cultural Heritage Research Center is to conduct multidisciplinary research to advance the understanding of cultural heritage and its role in society. The Cultural Heritage Research Center focuses its mission in three areas:

Research - undertaking research that creates new understanding of cultural heritage, explores new approaches in the field, and develops new tools, strategies, and resources for the study and stewardship of cultural heritage.

Civic engagement - working collaboratively with community partners to address relevant research questions and develop programs, tools, and other products that meet their needs.

- promoting public awareness of cultural heritage and fostering dialogue in cultural heritage issues.

To accomplish this mission, the Center facilitates collaboration among scholars conducting cultural heritage research in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, history, cultural geography, museum studies, informatics, material culture, education, art history, tourism studies, Native American Indian studies, and Africana studies. The Center supports partnerships with community organizations as well as collaborations across academic units and IU campuses. It promotes the production and dissemination of research in academic publications and in forms that are accessible and applicable to community needs. Administratively, the Center supports research through grant writing and administration, conference planning, research laboratory facilities, and project management.


Faculty from a variety of departments and programs contribute a range of skills and disciplinary expertise to the Center. Their diverse methodologies include curatorial practices, archaeology, ethnography, oral history, tourism studies, material culture studies, audience evaluation, media production, geographic information science (GIS), collections management, museum administration, visual documentation, public programming, distance learning, curriculum development, and digital archiving. This breadth of expertise, perspectives, skills, and technical competencies creates a powerful team positioned to tackle complex projects and produce the highest caliber scholarship.

  Faculty participants

Titles and Affiliations

Charmayne Champion-Shaw

Communication Studies; American Indian Programs, IUPUI

Dr. Holly Cusack-McVeigh

Assist. Professor, Museum Studies, Anthropology, IUPUI

Dr. Owen Dwyer

Assoc. Professor of Geography, IUPUI

Dr. Yao-Yi Fu

Assoc. Professor, Tourism, Conventions and Event Management, IUPUI

Chris Glidden

Lecturer, Anthropology, IUPUI

Laura Holzman

Assist. Prof., Fine Arts and Museum Studies

Dr. Susan Hyatt

Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI

Dr. Carina King

Assist. Professor, Department of Tourism, Conventions, & Event Management, IUPUI

Dr. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid (Director)

Assoc. Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, IUPUI

Steven Mannheimer

Professor, New Media, Informatics, IUPUI

Dr. Paul Mullins

Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI

Kristi Palmer

Digital Libraries Team Leader, University Library, IUPUI

Dr. Anne Pyburn

Professor, Anthropology, Director, Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest, IUB

Dr. Rebecca Shrum

Assistant Professor, History, IUPUI

Dr. Jeremy Wilson

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, IUPUI

Dr. Elizabeth (Elee) Wood

Associate Professor, Museum Studies/Education, IUPUI, Museum Studies Program Director

Dr. Larry Zimmerman

Professor, Anthropology/Museum Studies, IUPUI

Affiliated Researchers


Dr. William Monaghan

Indiana Geologic Survey




Current Projects
Press release:
Art, Race, Space:
Archaeology of Homelessness:
Archaeology Magazine (Vol. 62, no. 6, November/December 2009:
Larry Zimmerman, interview, IMCPL:
NUVO slideshow:
Neighborhood of Saturdays: