Sara Butler is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses on the history of American architecture, history of American art, and the history of landscape architecture. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She co-authored University of Virginia, The Campus Guide and was a contributing author and assistant editor for the Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, a volume in the Buildings of the United States series sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.
Butler has lectured and published often on commemoration and the construction of memory in American public arts and on the art of the early civil rights movement. She has given papers on the topics at conferences of the College Art Association and the Vernacular Architecture Forum as well as at the University of Virginia and Salve Regina University. Her study of the commemoration of a seminal event in the development of the Civil Rights Movement, Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, appeared in Winterthur Portfolio in Winter 2005. Her examination of the Pierre Charles L’Enfant monument in Arlington Cemetery is included in the November 2007 issue of Journal of Planning History. Her investigation of the attribution of the Chattanooga, Tennessee Post Office and Courthouse was published in Arris: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2008.