Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson

Program Head & Graduate Advisor; Associate Professor, Museum Studies


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Suse Anderson (she/her) joined the faculty of The George Washington University in 2016 and currently serves as program head and graduate advisor in the Museum Studies Program. For much of her career, her research focused on the intersection of museums and technology. More recently, Dr. Anderson has become concerned with investigating contemporary ethical dilemmas confronting the museum field. She is the co-author (with Dr. Keir Winesmith) of The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations (Routledge, 2020) and former host and producer of Museopunks––the podcast for the progressive museum. As an instructor, Anderson seeks to practice a pedagogy of care, while also encouraging students to engage in critical consideration of the role of museums in society today and into the future. In 2024, she was awarded the CCAS Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Master's Students.

Current Research

I am currently in the early stages of a longer project that will consider how the ethical dilemmas within the museum field are reflections of, and change in response to, shifting power dynamics. It will consider how the tensions and frictions inherent in museum work create the conditions for many of the sector’s core ethical dilemmas and examine the ways that coalitions of stakeholders with shared values and aligned interests put pressure on the institution to act according to different ethical motivations and imperatives.



Winesmith, Keir, and Suse Anderson. 2020. The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations. First. Abingdon, OX & Burlington, MA.: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Anderson, Susan. 2019. “Visitor and Audience Research in Museums.” In The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication, edited by Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry, and Kim Christian Schrøder, 1st ed., 80–95. Abingdon, OX: Routledge.

Peer Review Articles

Conference Proceedings

Cairns, Susan, and Danny Birchall. 2013. “Curating the Digital World: Past Preconceptions, Present Problems, Possible Futures.” In Museums and the Web 2013, edited by Nancy Proctor and Rich Cherry. Portland, OR: Museums and the Web.

Edited Publications

Student Publications

  • Bolesta, Emily, Noah Broude, Emma G. Brown, Meg Capo, Grey Cubbage, Dana Golan Miller, Lindsay Guarnieri, et al. The State of Museum Digital Practice | 2023: A Collection of Graduate Essays. Edited by Suse Anderson. Washington, D.C.: GWU Museum Studies, 2023.
  • Barilotti, Alyssa, Samantha Bateman, Grace Bautista, Andrew Bessler, Kirstin Canner, Jamie Carkenord, Elizabeth Day, et al. The State of Museum Digital Practice | 2022: A Collection of Graduate Essays. Edited by Suse Anderson. Washington, D.C., 2022.
  • Anderson, Suse, Ashley Chen, Montana Coward, Erin Dietrick, Maura Dunn, Saskia Giramma, Claire Griffin, et al. 2021. The State of Museum Digital Practice | 2021: A Collection of Graduate Essays and Responses. Edited by Suse Anderson. Washington, D.C.: Ad Hoc Museum Collective.
  • Anderson, Suse, Corrie Brady, Rebecca Brockette, Laura Dickson, Jonathan Edelman, Melissa Garcia, Cristin Guinan-Wiley, et al. 2019. The State of Museum Digital Practice in 2019. Edited by Suse Anderson. Washington, D.C.: Ad Hoc Museum Collective.­tice-2019/.

Media Contributions/Interviews

Presented at national and international conferences, including plenary or keynote sessions at:

  • The UNESCO High Level Forum on Museums
  • American Alliance of Museums Conference
  • Museums and the Web
  • Museums Australia
  • MCN (Museum Computer Network) conference
  • Visitor Experience Conference
  • PA Museums Association
  • Texas Museums Association


BA (Communication-Journalism), Charles Sturt University, Australia

BFA (Hons) 1st class, Faculty Medal, The University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD (Fine Arts), The University of Newcastle, Australia

Classes Taught

Museum Ethics and Values
Museums and Digital Technology
Critical Visitor Experience
Museum History and Theory 

Professional Organizations

  • Program Committee for the Museum Computer Group (UK)
  • Current: Member, International Council of Museums’ IC-Ethics Committee


  • 2023: Member, International Council of Museums’ IC-Ethics Committee
  • 2023: MCN Board Member
  • 2021: Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Eleanor Norton's Congressional Art Competition Committee (member since 2018)
  • 2018-2019: Visiting Technologist at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage (Philadelphia)
  • 2018: President, MCN (Museum Computer Network), on the MCN Board since 2015
  • 2015 - 2016: Program Co-Chair for the annual MCN conference
  • 2014 - 2015: Jury Chair for the AAM Muse Awards in the categories of Digital Communities (2014), and Podcasts and Audio Tours (2015)
  • 2012 - 2015: Served on the Advisory Board for the NMC Horizon Report–Museum Edition
  • Served on multiple Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Review Boards
  • Served on Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation Network Australia