Katie Stringer Clary
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Katie Stringer Clary, Ph.D., teaches courses in interdisciplinary studies. Since 2007, Clary has worked with museums in various capacities from docent to executive director. Clary researches the ethics and historical contexts of human remains in museums, dark tourism and ghost tours at historic sites, and the roles death plays, broadly, in the museum and public history worlds. Museums, Heritage, and Death, which Clary has co-edited with Dr. Trish Biers for Routledge, was released in 2023, and she also has two chapters in the volume. Clary works closely with community organizations to preserve and interpret their cultural heritage. She is also interested in the history of museums, museum administration, digital histories, and community engagement. In her spare time, she likes to camp and hike, travel, and spend time with her dogs Harry Clary and Brutus, cat Miss Frances, and eleven chickens.
Ph.D. – Public History; Middle Tennessee State University, 2013
M.A. – History; Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Museum Studies; University of Memphis, 2010
B.A. – History; Middle Tennessee State University, 2008
- Stringer Clary, Katie and Trish Biers, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Heritage, and Death. Routledge Handbooks on Museums, Galleries, and Heritage Series. London: Taylor and Francis, 2023.
- Stringer Clary, Katie. “Historical Contexts of Bodies, Display, and Spectacle.” in The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Heritage, and Death. Routledge Handbooks on Museums, Galleries, and Heritage Series. London: Taylor and Francis, 2023.
- Stringer Clary, Katie. “Haunted Houses and Horrific History: Ghost Tours at Historic House Museums.” in The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Heritage, and Death. Routledge Handbooks on Museums, Galleries, and Heritage Series. London: Taylor and Francis, 2023.
- Clary, Katie, and Carolyn Dillian. “Printing the Past: Building Accessibility and Engagement Through 3D Technologies.” The Public Historian, vol. 43, no. 2, May 2021, 41-62.
- Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History, G. Wesley Johnson Award for publications in 2021.
- Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future museum exhibit - www.waccamawindianpeoplepastpresentfuture.com.
Recent Grants & Accolades
- Winner of the CCU Provost’s Faculty Innovation and Excellence Award for International Collaborations in Research (2023)
- Recipient of a SC Humanities mini-grant for outdoor cultural heritage project with Dr. Carolyn Dillian and the Waccamaw Indian People (2023)
- Winner of the American Historical Association Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award (2022)
- Winner of the Leadership in History Award of Excellence, American Association for State and Local History, for Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future (2022)
- Society for American Archaeology – National Award of Outstanding Public Archaeology Project, for Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future (2022)
Interdisciplinary Studies, Museum Studies, Death Studies, Public History, and Cultural Heritage
Museums, Public History, Death Studies, and Museum Ethics