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Gabrielle M Lanier
Jackson Hall, Room 226
MSC 2001
office phone: 540-568-3615
e-mail: laniergm@jmu.edu

fax: 540-568-6556

Mailing address
James Madison University
History Dept MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg VA  22807

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Professor of history

Interim Department Head
Director, public history concentration


Ph.D., University of Delaware

M.A. University of Delaware Winterthur Program in American Material Culture

B.A. University of Pennsylvania


Fields and specialties
cultural landscapes, vernacular architecture, historic preservation, material culture, historical archaeology, public history, U.S. history


Teaching areas
material culture, public history, U.S. history, museums and public memory, historic preservation


Research Interests

the intersection of history, preservation, and public memory, early American land use, cultural and architectural landscapes, interpretation issues at museums and historic sites


Selected publications
“Architecture and Cultural Landscapes,” in Pennsylvania German Studies: A Companion and Guide, Simon J. Bronner, editor, Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming 2013.


“Landscapes” in Architecture and Landscape of the Pennsylvania Germans, 1720-1920, Sally McMurry and Nancy Van Dolsen, editors. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, 10-31.


"An Early Road to the Old West" in The Great Valley Road of Virginia: Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present, Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz, editors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 108-134.


The Delaware Valley in the Early Republic: Architecture, Landscape, and Regional Identity,  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.


Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and Landscapes, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. With Bernard L. Herman.


University of Virginia Press, Editorial Board, 2006-2009 and 2012-present


Virginia Department of Historic Resources, State Review Board, 2009-present


Vernacular Architecture Forum, Board of Directors, 1993-1996; Secretary, 1996-present


Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees, 2004-2012





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Fax: (540) 568-5808
E-mail: history@jmu.edu