Marilyn McHugh Drath

Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Teaching and Research Interests

My research interests include urban cultural landscapes, historic preservation, heritage studies, planning history, the Great Lakes region, early-to-mid 20th century U.S. history, landscape history, exhibition & consumption, and urban planning. My dissertation explores the the relationship between the historic preservation movement in the U.S., particularly the development of local historic district ordinances and federal preservation legislation, and world's fairs in the 1930s and 1960s. 


  • Research assistant at the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State working on digital humanities & digitization projects.
  • Managing Editor for Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies
  • Teaching & Communication Certificate Program

Extension and Community Engagement

  • HGSA Graduate Student Conference Planning Committee
  • ARCUS Fellowship Program in Preservation Leadership
  • University Standing Committee on Libaries
  • North Carolina Museum of History Interpretation Volunteer


  • BA in History from University of Michigan, 2009
  • MUP in Urban Planning; Community, Economic, & Real Estate Development from University of Michigan, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University, 2012