Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy

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. Her career began as a registrar for an historical society in Florida which encouraged her to pursue a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. After graduating, Rebecca worked in preservation and collections management at the Smithsonian Institution for 11 years. Her projects focused on collections care, rehousing, exhibition preparation and installation, registration, couriering, and much more. In private practice, Rebecca has had the opportunity to work with over 20 cultural institutions worldwide on collections care projects.

In 2016, Rebecca completed a training in First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) taught by ICCROM. This FAC course expanded her impact in helping institutions prepare for and respond to collections emergencies. Rebecca also served on the inaugural team of the Smithsonian’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergency (PRICE) for two years and chair the inaugural steering committee for the DC Alliance for Response.

Rebecca serves on committees for the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialist (ARCS) to support the museum field as well is an editor for the Collection Journal. She is also a Professional Associate (PA) of AIC for her contributions as an allied professional to the conservation community.



B.A. from University of Florida in Classical Studies and European History

M.A. from The George Washington University in Museum Studies


Professional Associate for American Institute for Conservation

Professional Organizations