Katharine Fernstrom, Adjunct Faculty

Katharine Fernstrom is an independent curator; archaeologist; scholar, and appraiser whose professional specialties include Native American, Arctic, and Pacific Island cultures; and trade, art, and communication. She is a member of the Ethics Committee for the Society of American Archaeology, volunteers for Native American organizations in Maryland, and is a member of the Board of the Hampden Community Council. She was a member of the curatorial staff at The Baltimore Museum of Art for 14 years, responsible for the Native American and Pacific Island collections.

Her current projects include Tiffany & Co.’s use of Native American design in the 1893 Columbus World’s Fair; an exhibition of prints by Inuit artist Myra Kukiiyaut; the archaeological study of human hand gestures and, separately, shell objects in prehistoric North America; and urban murals in Baltimore City. She has co-curated exhibitions of Inuit wall hangings, Navajo blankets, and Plains beadwork.

She is also part-time Anthropology and Art History faculty at Towson University; the Maryland Institute College of Art; Goucher College; and Community College of Baltimore County. Dr. Fernstrom has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Katharine Fernstrom