Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe
Department Chair
Professor in Museum Studies
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Department Chair
Professor in Museum Studies


  • B.A., Georgetown University
  • M.A., University of Texas
  • Ph.D., University of Texas

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe is professor of museum studies and chair of the department. He has taught at Baylor since 2000, before which he was director of academic programs at Historic Deerfield, a museum of New English history and art. He is an authority on the material culture and decorative arts of the United States, especially of Texas.

He has published six books and co-edited two more. His most recent book, The Material Culture of German Texans, has been named an outstanding publication by the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians, the Texas State Historical Association, the Victorian Society in America, and the Philosophical Society of Texas. He has also published numerous articles in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Winterthur Portfolio, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Twice he has been a speaker at the David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience, sponsored by the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including the keynote address in 2017.

He served for 12 years on the board of the Committee on Museum Professional Training of the American Association (now Alliance) of Museums, the last four as chair. He also served on the program committee for two AAM annual meetings, and has served on the same committee for TSHA four times. He is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

Dr. Hafertepe also teaches a course on historic preservation, that is, the preservation of historic buildings and sites. Parallel to that he is in his second term on the City of Waco’s Historic Landmark Preservation Commission. He has also received an award for preservation education from that commission.

Primary courses taught
  • Introduction to Museums (U)
  • Introduction to Museum Administration (U)
  • Introduction to Material Culture (U)
  • Documentation & Interpretation of Historic Buildings and Sites (U)
  • Museum Administration (G)
  • Material Culture (G)
  • American Decorative Arts and Furnishings in Museum Settings (G)

Department of Museum Studies

1300 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1233