Laurie Stein is an independent art historian and researcher for collection history and provenance. She has published extensively on subjects relating to the arts in Germany during the Nazi era and restitution issues and has held museum curatorial positions in Berlin and the U.S. She was founding director for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis. Ms. Stein has conducted provenance research for such institutions as the Museum of Modern art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum (Cologne) and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her research on behalf of these and other museums has helped to determine the rightful ownership of works of art. In cases where her research has shown restitution claims to be legitimate, her work has led to the mutually agreed resolution of claims by museums and the heirs of prior owners.