Briann G. Greenfield
Professor of History
Coordinator, Public History Program
Department of History
208 DiLoreto Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: (860) 832-2821
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Areas of Specialization: New England Regional Culture,
Public and Popular Memory, History of Historic Preservation, Museum Studies
Briann G. Greenfield received her B.A. in history from
the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She received her M.A. in Museum Studies
from the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. In 1999 and
2000 respectively, she received pre-doctoral fellowships from the Smithsonian
Institution and the Winterthur Museum. She finished her Ph.D. in American
Civilization at Brown in 2002. Dr. Greenfield joined the history department at
CCSU in 2001. She became coordinator of the public history program in the
In 2004, she held a National Endowment for the Humanities/ Winterthur Museum
fellowship. In 2010, she received the Connecticut State University Board of
Trustees Research Award for CCSU.
As coordinator of the public history program, Dr.
Greenfield teaches courses in public history, museum studies, and material
culture studies. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in
Twentieth-Century New England (published by UMass Press) which examines the
rise of the modern market for antique goods.
Dr. Greenfield is active in the Connecticut public
history community. She is a board member of the Connecticut Humanities Council,
where she serves on the Connecticut Heritage Revitalization Fund Review Board,
the Heritage Advisory Committee, and chairs the Encyclopedia of Connecticut
History Online Oversight Committee. She also serves on the Connecticut
Historical Society’s Collections Steering Committee, and on the editorial team
of Connecticut Explored, a state-wide history magazine.
- Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England
(Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).
- "A House in the Nation’s Attic," a review essay on the exhibit "Within
These Walls" at the National Museum of American History, American Quarterly
56 (2004): 151-162.
- "Marketing the Past: Historic Preservation in Providence, Rhode Island,"
in Randy Mason and Max Page, eds., Giving Preservation a History: Histories
of Preservation in the United States (New York: Routledge, 2003).
- "’Things That Work’: The Artifacts of Industrialization," Organization
of American Historians Magazine of History (2000). With Patrick Malone.