Building a Place for History
Patty Gerstenblith is Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University and Faculty Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. President Obama appointed her to serve as Chair of the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the Department of State on which she had previously served as a Public Representative in the Clinton administration. She was an Expert for the Fulbright Specialist Project at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan in 2019 and is currently a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, and the President of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. In fall of 2021, Gerstenblith was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. She publishes and lectures widely in the United States and abroad on the international trade in art and antiquities and the protection of cultural heritage during armed conflict. The fourth edition of her casebook, Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law, was published in 2019. Gerstenblith received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, PhD in art history and anthropology from Harvard University, and JD from Northwestern University.