Professor Donald Linebaugh is interim dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a professor of historic preservation at the University of Maryland. With expertise in both historic preservation and anthropological research spanning three decades, his research includes a range of topics: the archaeology of early urban centers, the history of archaeology and historic preservation, historic landscapes and the natural and cultural environment, 17th- and 18th-century plantations in the Tidewater Chesapeake, archaeological excavation and preservation of industrial and craft/trade sites, ethnicity including the interaction of German and English cultures in the Valley of Virginia and Norwegian settlement in Minnesota and Texas, and New England town studies.
Linebaugh’s current research projects include using the records of a general store (ca. 1824-1940) to explore the social, economic, and political landscape of a small New England community; the architectural and social history of an early 20th-century property known as Indian Steps; and an archaeological and historical analysis of the 17th- to 19th-century Kippax Plantation in Virginia. He is the author or editor of five books, numerous journal articles and reviews, and several hundred technical reports.