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Dr. Gabrielle Lanier

Jackson Hall, Room 226
Office phone: 540-568-3615
58 Bluestone Drive
MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Professor of history
Director, public history concentration
Interim academic unit head, department of history


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

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