Chandra L. Reedy

Professor, Center for Historic Architecture and Design Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Director, Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials
307 Alison Hall
University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716
302-831-8238

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Chandra L. Reedy is a Professor of Public Policy and Administration, where she teaches in the Center for Historic Architecture and Design. She holds a joint appointment in Art History, is a member of the Center for Material Culture Studies, and is on the faculty of the Asian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the interdepartmental Archaeology Program at UCLA, and prior to coming to the university was a conservation scientist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She specializes in the study and documentation of traditional materials and technologies. Her goals are to better understand the history and reasons for change, range of fabrication methods, possible functions, aesthetic intents, and values expressed by material culture. She also develops and tests new preservation methods and strategies. Her primary interest is Tibetan art and material culture, with secondary interests in the art of Sichuan Province, and ancient and historic Chinese ceramics, bricks, and tiles.

She is the author of Himalayan Bronzes: Technology, Style, and Choices, as well as the author or co-author of five other books and over 50 book chapters and journal papers. Her most recent book, with an accompanying CD-ROM, is Thin-Section Petrography of Stone and Ceramic Cultural Materials (Archetype Publications, 2008). She maintains an active program of ethnographic field research, especially in Asia. Studying the materials, processes, and products of traditional workshops; and understanding both tangible and intangible aspects of objects, buildings, works of art, and village designs can help us better understand historic and archaeological materials and sites. Most recently, she has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Tibet and in Tibetan communites in Sichuan Province, China and Dharamsala, India.

Reedy serves as director of CHAD's Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials. The emphasis is on objects and building materials of stone, ceramics, metals, and glass. A strength of the laboratory is thin-section petrography and other uses of light microscopy, and new methods of digital image analysis to update these techniques.

She teaches courses in traditional materials and technologies (architecture, ceramics and glass, and metals), and in global heritage preservation issues. She has also taught for UD Online for many years, offering two courses on a regular basis, Art of Tibet and Science and the Detection of Art Forgeries. She has a strong interest in new technologies for enhancing teaching and learning, and has won university awards for exemplary applications of teaching technology and for innovative teaching in distance education.

She teaches or co-teaches many workshops outside of the university, with a variety of sponsors such as the American Institute for Conservation, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the Washington Conservation Guild, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Library of Congress, and others. These workshops include Scientific Methodology for Conservation Treatment Selection, Conservation of Historic Glass and Stained Glass, Recent Advances in the Conservation of Silver, and others.She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation for eight years, Associate Editor of Archaeometry for five years, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Conservation, the flagship journal of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Selected Publications