Museum Studies Faculty

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Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Museum Studies at The George Washington University.
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Kristin Barrow

Kristin comes to the Decorative Arts & Design History program from a recent museum career in collections.
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Helen Bechtel

Helen Bechtel is an architect and independent curator.
Mary Coughlin

Mary Coughlin

Professor Coughlin has an interest in the conservation challenges of contemporary museum collections, particularly with respect to plastic.
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Roxann M Edwards

Roxann Edwards is the Program Administrator for the Museum Studies Program.
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Heidi Nasstrom Evans

Dr. Nasstrom Evans specializes in American and European visual culture from the industrial revolution to the present day (1750-2017).
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Michael Fetters

Professor Fetters is director of marketing and sales for Quatrefoil Associates, an exhibition and experience design firm in Laurel, MD.
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Oscar Fitzgerald

Oscar Fitzgerald is the author of Four Centuries of American Furniture, the definitive reference on the subject.
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Cecilia Gunzburger

Cecilia Gunzburger is a textile historian with expertise in European, American, and global textiles and historic textile technologies.
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Jeff Hardwick

Jeff Hardwick is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for Humanities.
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Catharine Hawks

Catharine Hawks is an objects conservator specializing in the care of natural science collections and is Museum Conservator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
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Ashley Hornish

Ashley Hornish is an exhibition designer at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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.
Deborah Hull-Walski

Deborah Hull-Walski

Deborah Hull-Walski is the Collections Officer with the National Museum of Natural History's Collections Program.
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Thomas Kline

Mr. Kline began his work in the recovery of stolen art and cultural property in 1989 with the representation of the Autocephalous Greek-Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus in litigation against an art dealer in Indianapolis that led to the recovery of Byzantine mosaics that had been stolen from a Church in the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus.
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Erin Kuykendall

After spending several summers as an archaeologist at Jamestown with Preservation Virginia, Erin Kuykendall shifted her studies of American history, architecture, and decorative arts to the world preserved above ground, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain at Washington & Lee University, and the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
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Elizabeth Lay

Elizabeth Lay is a Textile Historian and the Curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville.
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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.
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Sasha Palmquist

Sasha Palmquist is a learning sciences researcher and professional evaluator of informal learning experiences.
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Dianne Pierce

Dianne Pierce is an architectural and design historian with particular focus on Modernism, domestic interiors, and Postwar America.
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Kym Rice

Kym Rice is the Interim Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and Full-Time Faculty in the Museum Studies Program at GW University.
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Elizabeth Chase Rochette

Elizabeth Rochette focuses on the market for design in western culture.
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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Josephine Shea

As curator of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a historic house museum in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, Josephine Shea managed the rich collection of fine and decorative arts that reflects the Fords' important patronage of the arts.
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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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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 Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1995.