Professor & Director of Historic Preservation

Robert McCullough has served as a full-time faculty member of the UVM Historic Preservation Program since 1998.  He teaches History of American Architecture (HP200), History on the Land (HP201), Historic Preservation Law (HP205), Community Preservation Projects (HP302), and Historic Preservation Practice Methods (HP305).

From 1998 to 2015, Professor McCullough also served as co-manager and then manager of the Vermont Historic Bridge Program at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and prior to that conducted regulatory review for historic preservation at both the Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  Between 1976 until 1998, McCullough practiced title and real property law in Minnesota, New Hampshire and Vermont.

McCullough holds a Ph. D., in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University (1993); a M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University (1988); a M.S.L. (Master of Studies in Public Policy Law) from the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School (1983); a J.D., Cum Laude from Hamline University School of Law (1976); and a B.A. in History from Ursinus College (1971).

In addition to teaching, McCullough writes about American landscape history, and his books include Old Wheelways. Traces of Bicycle History on the Land (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015); A Path for Kindred Spirits. The Friendship of Clarence Stein and Benton MacKaye (Chicago: Columbia College–Chicago and Center for American Places, by University of Chicago Press, 2012); Crossings. A History of Vermont Bridges. (Barre, VT: Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, 2005); and The Landscape of Community. A History of Communal Forests in New England (Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England, 1995).

He has also contributed chapters in several books, including “Unspoiled Vermont. The Nature of Conservation in the Green Mountain State,” with Clare Ginger and Michelle Baumflek, in Twentieth Century New England Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement, Charles H.W. Foster, ed. (Petersham, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008); “The Nature of History Preserved, or the Trouble with Green Bridges,” in Reconstructing Conservation: History, Values, and Practice, Ben Minteer and Robert Manning, eds. (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2003); and “Town Forests–The Massachusetts Plan,” in Stepping Back to Look Forward. A History of the Massachusetts Forest, Charles H.W. Foster, ed. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press 1998).


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Historic Preservation, Architectural History and Historic Preservation Law


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1993


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Office Location:

Wheeler House, Room 212