Stephanie Bryan


BA, Oglethorpe University, 2004
MLA, University of Georgia, 2011

Research Interests

History of the American South
Myth and Memory
Commemorative Landscapes
Public History

Dissertation Topic


Faculty Advisors

Allen Tullos
Patrick Allitt


I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in art history in 2004 from Oglethorpe University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree in 2011 from the University of Georgia (UGA), with a focus on cultural landscape management. While at UGA, I worked for the Cultural Landscape Laboratory where I helped research and document the landscapes of several historic sites including: Stratford Hall Plantation in the Northern Neck of Virginia; Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Georgia; Hyde Farm in Cobb County, Georgia; and the Founders Memorial Garden in Athens, Georgia.

In 2012, I received the Damaris Horan Prize in Landscape History from the Royal Oak Foundation, which enabled me to work with the National Trust (UK). After completing this fellowship, I published an article on my research entitled “The Sorceress’ Garden: Circe and Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland” in The Good Gardener?: Nature, Humanity, and the Garden (London: Artifice Books on Architecture, 2015) edited by Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs.

From 2012 to 2015, I worked as a landscape architect and historian for The Jaeger Company in Athens, Georgia. My project highlights include: an Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri; a HALS of Woodlawn Historic District in Alexandria, Virginia; a Cultural Landscape Report of Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee; and a Historic Resource Study of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, North Carolina.

My education and professional experience have shaped my research interests in the following areas: U.S. history (19th and 20th century); history of the American South; myth and memory; commemorative landscapes; and public history. Presently, my focus is on how public perceptions of monuments and memorials in the South have changed over time. I also am interested in understanding the historical contexts from which many of our Civil War monuments arose, as well as the variety of ways that the public is addressing their presence today, which ranges from complete removal to reinterpretation.