Museum Studies Faculty

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Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Museum Studies at The George Washington University. Prior to joining GW, Anderson was Director of Audience Experience at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she was responsible for creating a seamless and positive experience of the BMA for visitors to the museum and across its digital platforms.
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Mary Coughlin

Mary Coughlin

Professor Coughlin has an interest in the conservation challenges of contemporary museum collections, particularly with respect to plastic. Before coming to GW full time, she worked for five years in the Objects Conservation Laboratory of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she conserved objects as diverse as FDR’s leg braces and Star War’s C-3PO and R2-D2. Read More  


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John Fleckner

As chief archivist at the National Museum of American History, 1982-2004, he established the Archives Center and managed a staff of up to sixteen professionals. Read More  


Michael Haley Goldman

Michael Haley Goldman

Michael Haley Goldman has over 20 years of experience in museums ranging from work with collections, technologies, educational programs, research, evaluation, and exhibition experiences.
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Kate Haley Goldman

Kate Haley Goldman

Kate Haley Goldman is a planner, strategist, and evaluator with more than 25 years experience.
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Robert Horton

Robert Horton

Bob Horton studied history at Brown, Ohio State and Yale, then started his archival career at the State Archives of Indiana.
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Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy

With over 15 years of experience, Rebecca has worked with a variety of collections in storage and on exhibition. Read More  


Tessa Lummis

Tessa Lummis

Museum Registrar, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
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Lisa Palmer

While a graduate student at the George Washington University Museum Studies Program, Professor Palmer was a student of Marie Malaro. She now applies the same rigor to the collections management class that she co-teaches with Deb Hull-Walski. Read More  


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Kym Rice

Kym Rice is the Deputy Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and Full-Time Faculty in the Museum Studies Program at GW University. She has taught Museum Studies at The George Washington University since 1996 and previously served as the Interim Director, Program Director, and Assistant Director.
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Margaret Richardson

Margaret Richardson

Margaret Richardson was the Collections Manager at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for 12 years, where she cared for and researched a collection of over two million artifacts. Read More  


Laura Schiavo

Laura Schiavo

Before joining the Museum Studies faculty in 2009, Professor Schiavo worked in museums in the DC area, including the City Museum, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, and the National Building Museum, where she curated Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s.
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Kathy Southern

For more than 35 years, Kathy Dwyer Southern has provided leadership in major museums, cultural and philanthropic organizations, associations and government in the Washington, Virginia and Maryland region.
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Max van Balgooy

Max A. van Balgooy is a national leader in historical interpretation and community engagement, with extensive experience in developing solutions in collaboration with diverse audiences, including volunteers, staff, trustees, residents, scholars, design professionals, business leaders, and elected officials.
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L. Steve Velasquez

L. Steve Velasquez

L. Stephen Velasquez is a Curator for the Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History. His research interest includes Latinx history and identity, material culture, food ways, and immigration/migration history.
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John Wetenhall

A museum director for over two decades, John Wetenhall served for nine years as Executive Director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, leading a $150 million capital and endowment transformation.
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Zinnia Willits

Zinnia Willits is the Executive Director of the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) and former Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.
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