Professor, Material Culture
Ph.D. University of Delaware
M.A. Winterthur Program, University of Delaware
B.A. Pennsylvania State University
Cindy Falk is Professor of Material Culture. Falk teaches material culture methodology, historic preservation, designing for accessibility, and thematic courses in America’s tangible heritage. She is committed to service learning and regularly engages students in projects with local community groups.
Falk is the author of the books Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State (Cornell, 2012) and Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America (Penn State, 2008). She contributed to the volumes A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America (Skira Rizzoli, 2014) and A Peculiar Mixture: German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-century North America (2013).
Falk has served as the co-editor of Buildings & Landscapes: The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2012-2017 and is an elected Trustee of the Village of Cooperstown. In the latter capacity she chairs the Village’s economic development committee and has worked to secure grant funding to benefit Cooperstown’s infrastructure, historic resources, and natural environment.