Megan E. Springate is a graduate of the MAA and PhD programs in the Anthropology Department at the University of Maryland. An historical archaeologist, her dissertation focused on capitalism and identity creation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries at a former resort site and women's retreat in New York State's Adirondack Park. Her dissertation advisor was Dr. Paul Shackel; committee members included Dr. Mark Leone, Dr. Barbara Little, Dr. A. Lynn Bolles, and Dr. Robyn Muncy. While completing her dissertation, she also edited and contributed to LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History for the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service -- a continuation of her internship at the National Park Service. Megan has taught courses in Global Health, Human Evolution, Cultural Anthropology, and Archaeology.
Recent publications include Coffin Hardware in Nineteenth-Century America. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA (2015);
“Archaeology? How Does That Work?” Incorporating Archaeology into the National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative as Community Engagement. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage (2017); Connecting the Threads: Archaeology of Reform / Archaeology as Reform. Archaeology of Reform/Archaeology as Reform Theme Issue,International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2017); Double Consciousness and the Intersections of Beliefs in an African American Home in Northern New Jersey. Historical Archaeology 48(3):125-143 (2014); and Burial at the Edge of Empire: Divergent Histories of Coffin Furniture and Casket Hardware. Death Across the Oceans, edited by Harold Mytum and Laurie Burgess, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. [in press].
Megan received the following grants and fellowships to support her work The Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship (University of Maryland); Dissertation Grant (Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America); Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Women's Philanthropy Institute, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University) Graduate Summer Research Fellowship (University of Maryland); Association for Feminist Anthropology Dissertation Award; Park Break Fellowship (George Wright Society); Graduate Merit Fellowship (University of Maryland); Presidents' Travel Fund for Emerging Historians (Organization of American Historians); Developing Urban Archeology Corps Youth Services Program Travel Scholarship (National Park Service); and Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant and International Conference Student Support (University of Maryland). Megan was a Diversity Scholar for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has been inducted into the Lavender Leadership Honor Society.