Research Interests: Michael A. Tomlan directs the graduate program in historic preservation planning. He teaches courses that deal with documentation techniques; fieldwork; preservation practice and urban change; the relationships between museums and the public; and preservation, planning, and religion. He assists students in archaeology, architecture, engineering, history, hotel administration, landscape architecture, public affairs, real estate, and urban studies.
Tomlan has served as chair of the Senior Board of Advisers to the Global Heritage Fund (Palo Alto, California), reviewing nominations for and the management of conservation projects in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. He has consulted on projects for the World Monuments Fund, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and rehabilitation and restoration projects in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. He is currently treasurer of Heritage Watch, International; chair of the board of Yosothor, both based in Cambodia; and serves as a project director for the National Council for Preservation Education.
Tomlan received his B.Arch. from the University of Tennessee, his M.S.H.P. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell.