Ann Smart Martin

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Stanley and Polly Stone Professor

Phone: 608.263.5684


Office Number: 205 Elvehjem

Office Hours:
Monday 2:15-3:00, Wednesday 11:15-11:45 and by appointment


B.A. in History and Anthropology, Duke University, 1982
M.A. in American Studies (Archaeology), College of William and Mary, 1986
Ph.D. in History and Early American Material Culture, College of William and Mary, 1993

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Areas of Research and Teaching: American material culture: American decorative arts and domestic interiors, Vernacular arts (Self-taught and folk art), Craft practices, Historical archaeology. Museums and curatorial practice.

On Faculty since 1998.

Courses taught:
Related resources:

Digital projects

Material Culture Web-site: 

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture (Collaboration, Chipstone Foundation, University of Wisconsin Libraries, Material Culture Program).

Librarian, Linda Duycheck, Art Library.

Recollections Wisconsin. Project coordinator, Emily Pfotenhauer. (Original partnership with Material Culture Program).

Videos: uwmaterialculture YouTube channel

 Podcast trailers for exhibition videos:
“Capturing Nature” 2013

 “World at Hand,” 2009
Virtual exhibition at

    Selected Publications:

    Image of Buying into the World of Goods

     Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

    Image of Makers and Users

     Makers and Users: American Decorative Arts, 1630-1820 from the Chipstone Collection (Madison: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1999)

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     Editor, American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1997)

    Guest editor, Material Culture in Early America in William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, LIII, no. 1 (January 1996)



    "Commercial Space as Consumption Arena: Retail Stores in Early Virginia," in People, Power, Places: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2000)


    "Magical, Mythical, Practical and Sublime: the Meanings and Uses of Ceramics in America", Ceramics in America, vol. 1, no.1 (2001)

     "Ribbons of Desire: Gendered Stories in the World of Goods," in Gender, Taste, and Material in Britain in America in the Long Eighteenth-century, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.)


    "Tea Tables Overturned: Rituals of Power and Place in Colonial America," in Furnishing the Eighteenth Century (London: Routledge Press 2006.)