Mary Coughlin

The George Washington University
Assitant Professor, Musuem Studies Program
Alexandria, VA

Mary Coughlin is an Assistant Professor in the Museum Studies Program at The George Washington University where she teaches preventive conservation classes. Mary also teaches in and administers the distance education Museum Collections Management and Care Graduate Certificate Program. She is a 2005 graduate of the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specialized in Objects Conservation and minored in Preventive Conservation. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mary Washington College with a BA in Historic Preservation. Her third year conservation internship was in the Objects Laboratory at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). She then stayed at NMAH for four additional years; one year as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow focusing on plastics in the collection, another year as a Smithsonian Postgraduate Conservation Fellow, and most recently as a contract Objects Conservator. While at NMAH, she conserved objects as diverse as FDR’s leg braces to Star War’s C-3PO. Mary also interned at English Heritage in London and the National Park Service’s Textile and Objects Laboratories in Harper’s Ferry. She has given conference presentations and published articles on the conservation challenges of plastics. For five years she was on the Board of Directors of the Washington Conservation Guild. Mary is a former student member of the AIC Health and Safety Committee and is currently serving on the AIC Committee on Sustainable Conservation Practice.