Catherine Carver joined the Ford School as the Events & Outreach Manager in November 2018, bringing with her two decades of experience from academia and the private sector. Raised in Washington, DC in a government family and trained as an art historian, she has always been fascinated by the intersections of socio-economic factors and structures of politics and space. She's delighted to bring her interest in unexpected intersections and her extensive experience with faculty, students, and practitioners to collaborate on developing and hosting interdisciplinary programming and events for the Ford School.
Carver holds an A.B. from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and her awards include a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Scholarship. After completing her Ph.D., she was Director of Operations for Christian Zapatka Architect, Washington, DC.
Upon returning to Ann Arbor, she taught history of art, architecture, and design at the University of Michigan, College for Creative Studies, and Wayne State University. She served as an Academic Advisor in U-M's College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, and, most recently, as the Education Program Manager for the Alumni Association, where she led the reimagining of Faculty Forum at Camp Michigania and the development of high-profile events. She continues to work with students as a mentor for U-M's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and to teach as a lecturer in Art History at Wayne State.
An active volunteer in the Ann Arbor community, she has spent many wonderful hours over the years by the field hockey field, at the hockey rink, and in the theatre. And, for peace and solitude, if not curled up with a book, she might be found on a long run in the woods with her mischievous German Shepherd.