Steven Lubar

Faculty Member

Brown Public Humanities

Interim Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center, Professor of American Studies, Professor of History


Steven Lubar is the Interim Director of John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Faculty Director, Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship. Previously: Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, 2004-2014. Director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, 2010-2012. Before coming to Brown, Chair of the Division of the History of Technology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Guggenheim Fellow, 2015.

Author or co-author of Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present; Legacies: Collecting America’s History at the SmithsonianInfoCulture: the Smithsonian Book of Information Age Inventions; History from Things and Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, and many articles on museums and on the history of technology.

Exhibits at the Smithsonian include “America on the Move,” “Smithsonian’s America,” and “Engines of Change.” Exhibits at Brown include oversight of student exhibitions at the public humanities center, the Haffenreffer Museum, and the John Hay Library.

Present interests include museum exhibition practice, the history of museums, material culture studies, public humanities, and the history of technology.