Research interests: Parchment making and its history, the history of bookbinding, historical techniques of pigment manufacture, book restoration for collectors in the early modern period.
Alexis Hagadorn is the Head of Conservation for the Columbia University Libraries, where she has worked as a rare books conservator since 1997. She received an A.B. from Barnard College, and an M.S. and Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the Columbia School of Library Service, where she spent a final placement year working in the Conservation Laboratory of Trinity College Dublin under the direction of Anthony Cains. She has worked as a rare books conservator at Yale University, also serving as the first Head of Collection Care in its Library. In her role within the Columbia University Libraries, she leads a team of conservators and technical staff who treat and care for all of the physical collections, and she frequently consults on questions of material identification and analysis. Outside of Columbia, she serves on the visiting faculty of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and the Pratt School of Information, where she lectures on library conservation, parchment making, and the history of bookbinding.