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Students in the Master of Historic Preservation program come from all over the country and have varied academic/professional backgrounds. The flexibility of the MHP program allows students to explore a wide array of interests while receiving a top-notch education from the CED’s dedicated staff.
James Cabaniss Bridgforth
Millsaps College, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2010
Hometown: Yazoo City, Mississippi
Research Interests: Rural Preservation, Vernacular Architecture
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, B.A, in Anthropology and Archaeology
Hometown: Birmingham, AL.
Research Interests: cultural landscape preservation, rural preservation, and the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in History, 2005
Syracuse University, Master of Arts in History, 2007
Oklahoma State University, Doctor of Philosophy in History, 2013
Hometown: Morris, IL
Research Interests: Preservation and adaptive reuse of shared buildings & spaces including churches, schools, courthouses, and other structures related to public shared use, and how preservation can be used to maintain and promote a sense of shared community.
Mary Candler Scales
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Hometown: Suches, GA
Research Interests: Understanding cultural material and site destruction, both visible across the landscape and those present in archaeologically, in order to develop management plans for preservation, conservation, and stewardship.
Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design and B.A. German with minors in International Business and Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, 2014
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
University of Georgia, B.A. History with a minor in Anthropology, 2015
Research Interests: Architectural history, vernacular architecture, material culture, intangible cultural heritage
University of Georgia, B.A. Art History, 2007
Hometown: Tucker, Georgia
Research Interests: foodways, intangible cultural heritage, adaptive reuse, architecture
Second Year Students
Goshen College, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2013
Hometown: Archbold, Ohio
Research Interests: Intangible cultural heritage, preservation and economics, preservation law
JD/MHP Dual Degree Candidate
University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2005
Millsaps College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002
Hometown: Natchez, Mississippi
Research Interests: Preservation law, preservation and economics, historic tax credits, adaptive reuse, preservation easements
Georgia State University, B.A. History with Sociology Minor, 2015
Hometown: Levittown, New York
Research Interests: Preservation planning, preservation law, sustainable and economic urban development, adaptive reuse of historic structures, historic landscapes and national parks
Oglethorpe University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia
Research Interests: Preservation Resource Management, Preservation Advocacy, Architectural History, Preservation within the National Park Services, and Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability
University of Georgia, B.A. History
Hometown: Winder, GA
Research Interests: Southern architecture, Southern history, material culture, historic site interpretation, preservation of historic houses, materials conservation
L’École nationale d’architecture
Hometown: Sousse, Tunisia
University of Georgia, B.A. Anthropology and History, 2016
Hometown: Dunwoody, Georgia
Research Interests: Early American architecture, rural cemeteries, archaeological site preservation, site interpretation
Rachel Pearl Howell
Middle Tennessee State University, B.A. History, 2013
Research Interests: Preservation education and outreach, especially through public means
Brigham Young University, B.A. in History
Hometown: Kathleen, GA
Research Interests: Preservation of Historic Structures, Colonial American Architecture, Native American Cultural Preservation, Southern Architecture and Landscapes, Stained Glass Preservation and Restoration.
Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, 2010
Concentrations: Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy and Art
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Research Interests: Architectural history, rural preservation, preservation technologies, and cultural landscapes.
Winthrop University, B.A. Art History, 2014
Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Research Interests: Historic Preservation in tourism, Residential historic districts, Adaptive reuse
Kennesaw State University, B.S. Political Science, History Minor, 2015
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Research Interests: National Park Service, Historic districts, Antebellum architecture, and the history and evolution of urban landscapes
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in History, minors in English and Fashion Merchandising, 2014
Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Research Interests: Architectural history up to 1850, Material reuse, Doors
Mallory Lauren Miller
University of Alabama, B.S. in Interior Design and minor in Art History, 2015
Hometown: Rockmart, Georgia
Research Interests: Historic Interiors and Furnishings, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures, 19th and early 20th Century Architecture, Mill Villages, and Residential Structures built from early Architectural Pattern and Plan Books.
Truman State University, B.A. History, 2016
Hometown: Troy, Missouri
Research interests: Residential Historic Districts, Adaptive Reuse, Downtown/Main street Revitalization
University of Louisiana, B.A. French and History, Minor in Business, 2014
Hometown: New Roads, Louisiana
Research Interests: heritage tourism, preservation economics, cultural landscapes
Sweet Briar College, B.A. in Archaeology and Art History
M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, London
Hometown: Anderson, SC.
Research Interests: Interiors are my planned area of expertise, specializing in researching wallpapers, paint analysis, room design, and moldings.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, B.A.S. Diversified Agriculture, 2016
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Research Interests: the process of restoring an historic structure and converting it into a museum, because it entails many different disciplines of historic preservation
Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: Sandersville, GA
Research Interest: My background in business, real estate, and politics has drawn me to the intersection of those three things in the context of historic preservation. Specifically, I’m interested in the economics of restoration and rehabilitation for repurposing large state-owned resources like Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.
Stetson University in Deland, FL, B.A. in History and Minor in American Studies, 2015
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Research Interests: Preservation of historic houses and neighborhoods, battlefield preservation, preservation of historic sports stadiums, preservation and display of artifacts, reuse of historic materials, and rural community and homestead preservation.
Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design, 2016
Hometown: Madison, Alabama
Research Interests: vernacular architecture, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, social equity
University of Georgia, B.A. History, Minor in Sociology, 2016
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Research Interests: architectural history, material culture, adaptive reuse, and the evolution of urban landscapes
First Year Students
Chadron State College, B.A History, Minor in Museum Studies
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse and sustainability, the connections between culture and the build environment, early 20th century architecture, planned development
Hometown: Edgefield, SC
I graduated from UNG (formerly North Georgia College & State
University) with a B.A. in History in 2012. I’m from Gainesville, Georgia which is about an hour north of Athens. I’m interested in architectural history and preservation. For our honeymoon, my wife and I visited Barcelona and toured several Antoni Gaudi sites, including the Sagrada Familia.
Covenant College, B.A. History with Political Studies Concentration
Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Research Interests: Rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings particularly in small towns in the Southeast, preservation of historic homes, battlefield preservation.
James has a BA in Art from Valdosta State University. He has two Master’s degrees from UGA—one in Art History and one in Special Education Administration. For OLLI@UGA he teaches two courses, Architecture in Athens: Then and Now, as well as Architecture in Athens: The Greek Revival style. Additionally, James has volunteered at the Athens Welcome Center, where he gives the Museum Mile tours and the Heritage tours. James and his wife just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They worked in education jobs for a combined total of about 80 years.
University of Georgia, B.A. – Spanish & Political Science
Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia
Research Interests: preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, 19th & 20th century architectural history, craft traditions and techniques
Georgia College & State University, B.A. History, Art History Minor, 2017
Hometown: Buckhead, GA (NOT the Atlanta one)
Research Interests: Southern architectural history, Native American history, Civil War history, historic preservation education and tourism, National Park Service, archaeology, and historic site preservation and interpretation
University of Florida, B.S. Advertising, Minor in Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: DeLand, Florida
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse, sustainable development, blight remediation and affordable housing alternatives
University of Georgia, Anthropology and Art History
Research Interests: Heritage Tourism, Historic Interpretation, etc.
Mercer University, B.A. English, B.A. Communications, 2003
Middle Georgia State University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Research Interests: Railroad-Related Preservation, Historic Preservation within National and State Parks/Historic Sites, Preservation of Historic Homes, Cemetery Preservation, Native American History, Military History, Museum & Artifact Preservation
I received my baccalaureate degree from Georgia Gwinnett College. I majored in Western Civ. studies but I focused primarily on Colonial North American warfare and Anglo-Native American acculturation processes. My interests and career goals meet in the middle with Historic Preservation as the center focus. I hope to combine historical studies with archaeology as a means of preservation in cultural resource management. I am very interested in cemetery studies as well as plantation and battlefield preservation (preservation of cultural landscapes).
University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, 2015
Previous M.A. candidate in Forensic Anthropology at Texas State University, 2016
Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Research Interests: historic architecture preservation, adaptive reuse, building materials conservation, national park service, cemetery preservation, archaeological site preservation, preservation economics and planning, Arts and Crafts movement