A.B. Harvard University 1984
M.A. Brown University 1987
Ph.D. Brown University 1991


Dr. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts, (IUPUI). She directed the IUPUI Museum Studies Program from 1998-2013 and is currently Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center. Her research explores questions of how humans appropriate the tangible and intangible remnants of the past and mobilize them in the constitution of social relationships. She is particularly interested in the intersections of landscape and power and how materiality, whether the built environment or other forms of material culture, is deployed in the contestation of social inequalities across boundaries such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and religion. She has disseminated this work in a variety of scholarly formats including publications, posters, presentations, and exhibits. Her research on the California mission landscapes focuses on the interpretive narrative of the Spanish colonial missions over more than a century and examines how contemporary audiences experience and view the mission heritage. Her book on that research,California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of heritage was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2016, and she is co-author of Keywords in American Landscape Design (Yale, 2010). Her most recent projects examine stakeholder-defined heritage in two contested heritage sites in central Indiana, USA and explore the landscapes of social inequality in Indianapolis for a digital storytelling map "JustIndy".

Academic interests

Cultural heritage, museum studies, landscape archaeology and history, cultural memory, material culture studies, archaeological public programs, North American archaeology, historic archaeology, California missions


Cultural heritage, museum theory and history, museum administration, historical archaeology, landscape archaeology


IUPUI Trustees Teaching Award, 2003, 2013; AAUP Publication Grant, 2008; Association of Midwest Museums Distinguished Service Award (2012); Society of Architectural Historian Landscape History Essay Prize (2012)


Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, California Mission Landscapes: Race: Memory, and the Politics of Heritage (U. Minn. Press, 2016); "Crafting the Past: Mission Models and the Curation of California Heritage" Heritage & Society(2015); "Greenwashed: Identity and Landscape at the California Missions." In British Archaeological Reports(2015); “Marking Time in San Gabriel Mission Garden” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes(2014); “Perennially New: Santa Barbara and the Origins of the California Mission Garden.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians . “Writing the Landscape: Text as Representations of and Sources for American Landscape Design History,” In Keywords in American Landscape Design. Therese O’Malley with contributions by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Anne Helmreich.pp.25-47 (New Haven: Yale University Press,2010).(co-editor) "Site and Sight in the Garden," a special issue of Journal of Garden History;
and chapters in 'Those of Little Note':Gender, Race and Class in Historical Archaeology Historical Archaeology of the Chesapeake and Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision; Principal Investigator of Shaping Outcomes


Society of Architectural Historians Landscape Chapter Board member