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Jeremy Christopher Wells

Jeremy C. Wells is an assistant professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Fulbright scholar. His research explores how people perceive and are affected by patina and decay in the built environment; the intersection between critical heritage studies and rules, laws, and regulations; heritage behavior, including the language everyday people use to describe old places; and the development of applied social science and participatory methodologies that can be used by practitioners. He is particularly interested in multicultural and social justice perspectives in his research and teaching and has worked with US-based Latino communities in Allentown (PA), Providence (RI), Woonsocket (RI), and San Juan (PR). Wells runs the heritagestudies.org web site that explores how to evolve heritage conservation practice using critical heritage studies theory to better balance meanings and power between experts and most stakeholders.

Over the past twenty years, there has been a fundamental shift in the institutional organization of historic preservation education. Historic preservation...
Jeremy Christopher Wells