Nancy Odegaard

Affiliate Professor Conservator

Drachman Institute
School of Architecture
Nancy Odegaard, PhD

Arizona State Museum, Conservation Laboratory

NANCY ODEGAARD PhD, FAIC, FIIC is Conservator and Head of the Preservation Division at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. She is also a Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, School of Anthropology, and Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona. She holds a PhD in Resource, Environment, & Heritage Science from the University of Canberra, a MA degree in museum studies and anthropology from George Washington University and an advanced certificate in ethnographic and archaeological conservation from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She is co-director of the Heritage Conservation Science doctoral degree program of the Materials Science & Engineering Department and core faculty of the Heritage Conservation Certificate program of the College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. She has received research scholar awards from the Winterthur Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute and has frequently worked internationally with archaeological excavations and with the Fulbright program, People to People, and various projects of the US State Department. Her research with materials characterization tests, pesticide residue detection and removal, human remains, object handling, ceramics, and basketry has resulted in publications that are widely used. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation.