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Greene, Candace

Former Research Associate

Native North American art, material culture, and ethnology, especially Plains Indian drawings; museum anthropology; issues in collection-based research

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Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • Candace Greene is a cultural anthropologist with a deep commitment to making historical collections relevant to current scholarly and source community interests. In 2009 she founded the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology [SIMA] to train a new generation of students to use collections productively; she continues to serve as a teaching member of the SIMA board. She also sits on the advisory board of the Council on the Preservation of the Anthropological Record [COPAR].

Awards And Honors

Research And Grants

Research Overview

  • My research focuses on Native North American art and material culture, especially Plains Indian drawings. I have worked with Native people across the Plains to understand historic materials from their communities and to make them more accessible to tribal members. I am particularly interested in exploring systems of representation, intellectual property, historical memory, and the ways that these intersect.

    More broadly, I am interested in promoting the use of museum and archival collections in anthropological research. Throughout my career at the Smithsonian, I have worked on a variety of projects to promote access, preservation, and research use of the collections, ranging from physical care to intellectual access. The scope and potential of the Anthropology collections never fails to awe me.

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Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Greene holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Anthropology at George Washington University and regularly teaches a graduate seminar in museum anthropology, in addition to mentoring interns and graduate fellows.