Briann Greenfield is Director of the Division of Preservation and Access. Previously, she was executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, an innovative historic house museum. From 2014 to 2018, she served as executive director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Greenfield is also a former professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, where she administered the public history program and taught broadly across the curriculum.
Greenfield received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and earned an MA in Museum Studies and a PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She has held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, NEH, and Winterthur Museum. In 2010, she received Central Connecticut State University’s prestigious Board of Trustees Research Award. Her areas of research include public memory, material culture, and public history. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).