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Elizabeth Kryder-Reid

Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Indiana University

Dr. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid is Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center and Director of the IUPUI Museum Studies Program. Her multidisciplinary research explores the intersections of landscape, power, and memory and investigates how materiality is deployed in the contestation of social inequalities across gender, race, class, ethnicity, and religion. She has disseminated this research peer-reviewed publications, exhibits, and digital history. Her research has focused on landscape history and the production of public memory in the Chesapeake, the Midwest, and the California missions (California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage, U. Minn. Press 2016). Her current research investigates toxic heritage and the ways in which places of environmental harm are mobilized and marginalized in formal and informal memory practices. As part of this research, she has investigated post-industrial sites in the US and UK and was a Fulbright Scholar in France in 2022 studying the toxic heritage of WWI. She is the co-editor with Sarah May of Toxic Heritage: Legacies, Futures, and Environmental Justice (Available open access from Routledge, July 2023).


  • –present
    Chancellor's Professor, Indiana University


  • 1991 
    Brown University, PhD Anthropology