Camille Wells holds a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia (1976 and a doctorate in history from the College of William and Mary (1994). She also has worked as an architectural historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello, and for the state historic preservation offices in Kentucky, Maryland, and North Carolina. Before she began her affiliation with the College of William and Mary, she held faculty positions at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and in the Historic Preservation Department at the University of Mary Washington. Author of several essays on the landscapes and buildings of early Virginia, she also founded the series Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture and edited its first two volumes. Her major areas of teaching and research focus on issues in colonial and early national architecture and landscapes. Current research includes a book about the genteel colonial Virginia house that is centered around Menokin, an eighteenth-century house built for Francis Lightfoot Lee in 1770. She recently completed work for a grant-funded dendrochronological analysis of twenty-five colonial Virginia houses for which dates of construction have long remained a mystery.