American food and wine history and material culture. History of American fisheries and fishing communities. Traditional boats and boat building, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay. Oral history and folklife research and documentation.
- Curator, National Museum of American History 1991 -
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- Coughlin, Mary, Johnson, Paula, and Anderson, Lauren. 2013. "Julia Child's Kitchen as a Conservation Classrooom." In The Public Face of Conservation. Williams, Emily, editor. 121–130. London: Archetype Publications. 2013
- National Museum of American History Department