Making Justice is a makerspace initiative that is building community in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite Madison’s…
Independent scholar, conservator and community activist, 2016-present
University of Chicago History PhD (Dissertation Advisor: William J. Novak)
Northwestern University Liberal Studies MA (US History concentration)
University of London Courtauld Institute Postgraduate Conservation Diploma
Grinnell College Humanities BA (Fine Arts major)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Faculty Associate, Information School, 2014-16
Associate Lecturer, Center for Law, Society & Justice, 2013-14
Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Law, Society & Justice, 2011-13
University of Wisconsin Law School
Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, 2011-13
Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, 2010-11
University of Minnesota Law School
Alumni Fund Fellow in Legal History, 2009-10
Conservation and Collections Consultant
Chicago History Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporation, 2006-present
Chicago History Museum
Collections and Research Consultant, 2002-05
Staff Conservator, 1992-2001
Chicago History Museum, Field Museum of Natural History, Milwaukee Public Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, Spertus Museum of Judaica, and Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1989-92.
Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) Conservation Intern, Anthropology, 1988-89
English Heritage (London) Conservation Intern, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, 1987
Kansas City Museum Conservation Technician, 1985
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City) Conservation Intern, 1984-85
Digital Humanities Initiatives
Making Justice Co-founder, facilitator and advisor for community makerspace initiative with court-involved and at-risk teens in collaboration with Madison Public Library, UW-Madison iSchool, and over 50 campus and community partners, 2014-17.
Direct Message Co-production/design of Madison Public Library exhibition in collaboration with Making Justice teens, artist/UW-Madison Professor/Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art Faisal Abdu’Allah, Teen Librarian Jesse Vieau, and community partners, 2106.
Teen Bubbler Co-production/design of Madison Public Library website showcasing Making Justice teen creations as well as related programs and resources, 2014-15.
DesignLab Curriculum development and undergraduate/graduate teaching with integrated digital media assignments in a technology assisted classroom, 2014-16.
L&S Collaborative Sites and DoIt WiScholar Curriculum development and undergraduate teaching in conjunction with pilot initiatives to promote digitally enhanced larning, 2011-12.
Owning Hazard Production of experimental play with digital projections for conference keynote event in collaboration with author/legal historian Barbara Welke and history, theatre, and law faculty and students, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2010.
Works in Progress
Looking Beyond the Law’s Letter, born-digital graphic history project.
“Home Rule: Equitable Justice in Progressive Chicago and the Philippines,” in At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion, eds. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021), 51-90.
“Making Making Justice,” Nancy Buenger, Jesse Vieau, and community partners, Teen Bubbler, Madison Public Library, 2018.
“Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak,” in Readings in Conservation: Changing Views of Textile Conservation, eds. Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop (Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2011).
“Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago,” (Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 2009).
“Connective Tissues: Ethical Guidelines for Biohistorical Research,” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 43:3 (Winter 2004), 227-236.
“Constructing Ethical Guidelines for Biohistory,” Lori B. Andrews, Nancy Buenger, Jennifer Bridge, Laurie Rosenow, David Stoney, R.E. Gaensslen, Theodore Karamanski, Russell Lewis, Jordan Paradise, Amy Inlander, David Gonen, Science, Volume 304, Number 5668 (April 9, 2004): 215-216.
“Gunther, Charles Frederick,” American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press, April 2003.
Review of Textiles Revealed: Object Lessons in Historic Textile and Costume Research, ed. Mary Brooks, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 40, no.3 (Fall/Winter 2002): 272-274.
Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak, Chicago History Museum and Northwestern University, 2000.
Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grant Principal Investigator for “The Bubbler: Making Justice with Court-Involved Teens,” 2014-2016
Mortgridge Center for Public Service Match Grant Principal Investigator for “The Bubbler: Making Justice with Court-Involved Teens,” 2014-2016.
Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Paper Competition award for “Home Rule: Equitable Justice in Progressive Chicago and the Philippines,” 2011
J. Willard Hurst Fellowship Summer Institute in Legal History, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009
Freehling Research and Travel Grants University of Chicago, 2006-8
Doolittle-Harrison Travel Fellowships University of Chicago, 2008-9
Von Holst Prize Lectureship University of Chicago, 2006-2007
Arthur Mann Memorial Research and Travel Fellowships University of Chicago, 2004-2006
National Science Foundation Grant Co-Principal Investigator, “Ethical Guidelines for Biohistorical Research,” in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002-2005
University of Chicago full tuition scholarship and stipend, 2001-2005
Northwestern University Scholars Award best thesis in Master of Arts Liberal Studies & English programs, “Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak,” 2001
Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships in Conservation 1987-1989
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Making Justice, Information Studies 399/820
Looking Beyond the Law’s Letter, Legal Studies 450
Clues: A History of Criminal Evidence, Legal Studies 450
Legal Pluralism, History/Legal Studies 510
Field Observation in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies 694
Fashion History, 1400-Present, Design Studies 355
Preventive Textile Conservation, Design Studies 501
University of Chicago
Spirituality and Statecraft in the Americas, History/Latin American Studies 27701
America in Western Civilization III, The Twentieth Century, History 13700 (TA)
Inspector of Elections 2nd Ward, Philadelphia PA, 2019-2021
Youth Sentencing & Reentry Program Mentor for Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow, Philadelphia PA 2017
Making Justice Co-founder, facilitator and advisor for community makerspace initiative with court-involved and at-risk youth in collaboration with Madison Public Library, UW-Madison iSchool, and over 50 campus and community partners, 2014-17.
Dane County Juvenile Justice System Facilitator and mentor, expressive art workshops for court-involved and at-risk minority youth in collaboration with the Dane County Juvenile Court Program, Dane County Juvenile Shelter, and ArtSpeak, Community Partnerships, Inc., 2012-13
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Gratis conservation services, 2010
University of Chicago Professional Issues Workshop Coordinator, Dept. of History, 2003-05
University of Chicago Graduate Student Affairs Committee Representative, 2003-05
University of Chicago History Graduate Student Association Representative, 2002-05
National Museum Fellows Program Lecturer and Mentor, Chicago History Museum, 1999-2000
Wilmette Historical Museum: Gratis conservation services,1995-98.
Museum of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation Gratis conservation services, Skokie, Illinois, 1996