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Ann Marie Plane

Current Courses

Winter 2015 (current)

Spring 2015 (tentative)

  • History 161NE
    The Cultural History of New England: 1450-1850
  • History 192DR
    Directed Readings in Public History: Isla Vista Community History and Historical Commemoration
  • History 292A
    Foundations of U.S. History to 1846

Department Fields


Winter 2015 Office Hours Wednesdays 9:30-11:30, or by appt.

For those interested in graduate study: Please feel free to contact me in advance of making your application to UCSB.

Edited volume on dreams recently published--click on link for Dreams, Dreamers and Visions in "selected publications" section

Current Graduate Students

Colonial U.S., Native American History

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1995

Office: HSSB 4215

I specialize in Colonial North American history, with emphasis on gender, colonization and the lives of Native Americans in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England. Throughout my career I have been devoted to creating learning communities, whether in my initial work in museums, or in my work at the university level with undergraduate and graduate education. My museums background gave me an abiding interest in material culture studies, memory studies and the work of public historians more generally, and I encourage students to do internships in a variety of public history settings. I try to read broadly, across disciplines. For my current research on dreams and visions in the seventeenth century, I'm reading a lot of anthropology and psychology, as well as early modern European history.

Current Projects

  • Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England: Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
    I look at the convergence of two distinctive 'dream cultures,' that of the Algonquian-speaking natives of the region and that of the seventeenth-century nonconformist English colonists and how these reveal the gendered dynamics of colonization.
  • History, Culture, and Community Memory in Native New England: Frank Speck and "Salvage Ethnography" in the Twentieth-Century Northeast
    I am in the earliest stages of research on a biographical portrait of Frank Speck (1881-1950), University of Pennsylvania Anthropologist and Collector

Selected Publications

Honors and Professional Activities

Related Research Activities

  • Research Psychoanalysis
    As part of my research on dreams, I have trained in the theory and practice of clinical psychoanalysis. I am a candidate member, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and a registered Research Psychoanalyst (Student) with the state of CA

Museum/Public History Involvement--Links