Director | Board of Directors
Krysta joined the Board of Directors in August 2019 after serving on the organization’s former Advisory Council since 2013. Krysta is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University, where she co-leads the Anthropology of the City initiative. Her expertise is in historical archaeology, and she also has a background in heritage management, museum work, and public scholarship. She has led numerous archaeological projects at historic sites in Detroit, including at Roosevelt Park in Corktown, the Ransom-Gillis House in Brush Park, the Halleck St. Log Cabin, the Little Harry Speakeasy at Tommy’s Bar, and the Grande Ballroom. Several of these projects involved collaborations with Preservation Detroit. Krysta also serves as an appointee to Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Review Board, an advisor to the Detroit Sound Conservancy, and a founding member of the Ethnic Layers of Detroit digital storytelling project. She received her training in anthropology, archaeology and heritage management at Brown University (PhD), Cambridge University (MPhil), and Boston University (BA).