About Steven D. Lubar, Our 2022 Keynote Speaker

Prof. Steven D. Lubar

Steven D. Lubar is Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.

At the university he has also served as Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and Director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

Before coming to Brown, Steve Lubar was Chair of the Division of the History of Technology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Lubar is the author or coauthor 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: Essays on Material Culture; and Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, as well as many articles on museums and on the history of technology. 

Exhibits he oversaw at the Smithsonian include “America on the Move,” “Smithsonian’s America,” and “Engines of Change.” He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2016.

One of Prof. Lubar’s current projects is a book exploring the cultural history of tools, so we’re looking forward to hearing his insights on this year’s Dublin Seminar theme, “Tools and Toolmaking in New England.”