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University of Texas at Austin
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Historic Preservation, Architecture, Soviet Union, Environmental History, American History, Slavery, Memorials, Memory, Virginia, Cold War, Texas, Race, Landscapes, Urban Environment, Material Culture
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About Me

Currently a doctoral candidate in Architecture and Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin, Conti specializes in American and Soviet history, historic preservation, and sustainability. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in History from Randolph College, a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.S. in Historic Preservation from UT, and also achieved doctoral candidacy in History at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Proficient in Russian and Kazakh, her academic scholarship centers on the Cold War, memory, preservation, and sites of difficult heritage. Her dissertation explores issues of race and representation at historic sites in the U.S.

Conti has extensive archival experience both in the US and Russia and in conducting oral history interviews. She has written and contributed to a variety of cultural resource management documents, including historic contexts, museum and interpretation guidelines, property descriptions, and statements of significance across the US. She has collaborated with and worked for the National Park Service,  the Center for Sustainable Development, the Maier Museum of Art, the Garden Club of Virginia, and the National D-Day Memorial. Since 2016, she’s worked as a historian and preservationist at HHM & Associates.

Recent Publications

“‘Not a Work of Art but a Piece of Life’: History and Realism in the Time of Tolstoy.” In Critical Insights: Leo Tolstoy, edited by Rachel Stauffer. New York: Grey House Publishing. 2017.

“Planning for the Future of Rusk State Hospital: Spaces for Treatment in a Place of Care,” The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Sustainable Development and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Rusk, Texas. Historian/Architectural Historian. 2017.

Historic American Building Survey (HABS): Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Employee Residences #6 and #8. The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Lead Historian, Draftsman. 2016-17.

“Reinterpreting the Badlands: Design and Interpretive Interventions at Badlands National Park,” The University of Texas School of Architecture. 2015.

“‘My Country is Russian Literature’: History and Literary Development in the Golden Age.” In Critical Insights: Russia’s Golden Age, edited by Rachel Stauffer. New York: Grey House Publishing. 2014.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Russia, Kazakhstan
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Colonialism, Emancipation, Environment, Gender, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery, Urban History, Women, World War I, World War II