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Megan Crutcher

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Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Nautical Archaeology
Chris Dostal
First Year In the Program


I study the intersections of conservation and commemoration with human rights and public archaeology, specifically applications of conservation to public interpretation of underwater sites in the Mediterranean and North Africa. My goal is to work in international policymaking for underwater cultural heritage. I have a BA in History from Grove City College (2018) and an MA in Public History from Duquesne University (2020), where I researched topics such as: uses of VR in historic preservation, commemoration of LGBTQ+ histories, and the historical archaeology of religious spaces. Over the past four years, I have worked as a consulting preservationist and conservation technician with Pfaffmann + Associates AIA/AICP, Centro di Conservazione Archaeologica, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I am also the 2020 recipient of a National Council on Public History graduate student travel award and Duquesne University Award for Excellence in Graduate History. I am a lifelong swimmer and was a NCAA DIII Scholar All-American. I am fluent in French and read Spanish, Italian, and Latin. Outside of research, I enjoy art, travel, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.