Katie Stringer Clary - Coastal Carolina University
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Katie Stringer Clary

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact Katie Stringer Clary
843-349-2564 mclary@coastal.edu

Edwards 204

Spring 2023 Office Hours 
Wednesdays 12:15 - 2:45pm;
and by appointment
*Please email an appointment. 


Katie Stringer Clary, Ph.D., currently teaches courses in interdisciplinary studies at Coastal Carolina University. Since 2007, Clary has worked with museums in various capacities from docent to executive director. In her time at museums and as a graduate student in Public History she focused on museum education and inclusion issues, especially for people with special needs. This research culminated in her 2014 manuscript, Programming for People with Special Needs: A Guide for Museums and Historic Sites. Through her work, she continues to advocate for accessibility, representation, and equality in museums and historic sites.
Clary now 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, is scheduled for release in 2023, and she also has two chapters in the volume.
Clary works closely with community organizations to preserve and interpret their cultural heritage. Sheis 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 six 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

Teaching Areas

Interdisciplinary Studies, Museum Studies, Public History, and Cultural Heritage

Research Areas

Museums, Public History, Death Studies, and Museum Ethics

Social Media

Twitter: @DrMaryClary
Instagram: @KatieClaryPhD