Ms. Marisa Brown

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357 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 2906

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Marisa Angell Brown is an architectural and urban historian. She is Assistant Director of Programs at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and Adjunct Lecturer in American Studies at Brown University, where she teaches a graduate seminar titled Critical Approaches to Preservation and Cultural Heritage.  Brown received a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University, an MA in History from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka (1996).  She is the author of “Preservation’s Expanded Field” (Routledge, forthcoming); “Radical Urbanism: On M. Paul Friedberg’s Riis Park Plaza (1966)” (Perspecta, MIT Press, 2017), and “Integration by Design: Bertrand Goldberg, Stanley Tigerman, and Public Housing Architecture in Postwar Chicago (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2017).  Curated exhibitions include The Providence Album, Vol. I: Carmel Vitullo & Harry Callahan (2019) and Sentenced: Architecture and Human Rights (2017).  Brown lives in Providence, Rhode Island and serves on the boards of the Rhode Island State House Restoration Society and The Dirt Palace, and is on the Review Board and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Rhode Island State Historic Preservation Office.