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Nora Pat Small

Professor, Interim Department Chair

The historic built environment is my passion and my academic research area. Historic architectural documents of our past surround us; all we need do is figure out how to read them. The vernacular landscape reveals culture and society as surely as our carefully archived print and manuscript collections do.

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Areas of Expertise

  • History

U.S. Architectural History and Vernacular Architecture Architecture of the Early American Republic Historic Preservation in the United States and locally


BA, University of Delaware, Art History

Master of Architectural History, Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Virginia; Master's Thesis: Lighthouses of the Eastern Seaboard

PhD, Boston University; Dissertation: "Beauty and Convenience: The Architectural Reordering of Sutton, Massachusetts, 1790-1840"

Research Interests

My research focuses on the built environment of the Early American Republic. I am fascinated by the intersections of archtecture, technology, economics, society, and politics in that period when Americans began to self-consciously shape the landscape of their new nation.

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Phone: 217-581-3310

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