The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware helps to integrate and enhance the University’s rich resources for the creation, study, and conservation of material culture. It promotes the learning from and the teaching about all things people make and the ways people have acted upon the physical and visible world. This is realized in its popular undergraduate minor in material culture studies. It also sponsors interdisciplinary seminars and conferences, including the very successful Symposium for Emerging Scholars, and fosters public understanding of material culture in our community beyond campus, at the state, regional, national, and international levels. Faculty supporting the Center’s programming represent a spectrum of departments, interdisciplinary programs, and research centers from across the University including:


Many faculty are also affiliated with other cultural institutions in the mid-Atlantic such as the Delaware Art Museum, the Hagley Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.