Museum Studies Faculty

Suse Anderson

Program Head & Graduate Advisor; Assistant Professor, Museum Studies

Suse Anderson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at The George Washington University.
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Mary Coughlin

Deputy Director, Corcoran; Associate Professor and Head of Museum Studies Online Certificate

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  

Jakki Godfrey

Part-time Faculty, Professorial Lecturer of Preventive Conservation Concepts and Techniques, Museum Studies Program

Jakki is an art conservator based in the NYC area. She was an Object Conservator at the Brooklyn Museum for 14 years, where she worked with fine and decorative art, historic, ethnographic and archaeological collections.
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Robert Horton

Retired Assistant Director for Collections and Archives, National Museum of American History, Museum Studies Program

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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Schillica Howard

Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, Museum Studies Program

Schillica Howard is an Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, bringing a fresh perspective and passion for collections management to the field. Before joining the faculty at GW, Schillica worked primarily with African American collections, museums, and cultural institutions as a curator, collections manager, and registrar focusing on preserving marginalized narratives. Read More  

Rebecca Kennedy

Professorial Lecturer in Museum Studies

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

Lisa Palmer

Adjunct Professor of Collections Management, Museum Studies Program

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  

Laura Schiavo

Program Head, Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor, Museum Studies; Faculty Advisor Museum Studies Program

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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Cathy Sigmond

Professional Lecturer in Museum Studies, Museum Studies Program

Cathy Sigmond is a human-centered researcher with a deep love for experience design. As Head of Strategy at Kera Collective, Cathy leads research studies for museums and designers to help them understand and empathize with their audiences to make human-centered decisions. Read More  

Kathy Southern

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Museum Fundraising, Museum Studies Program

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

Assistant Professor & Graduate Advisor, Museum Studies

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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John Wetenhall

Director, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum; Associate Professor, Museum Studies

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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