About the Blog

Welcome to the Tufts Museum Studies Blog!

The Museum Studies blog is student-centered and student-run, but it is not solely for current students. Our goal is to create and support a community of museum professionals while showcasing interesting museum news and engaging in conversation. We will frequently post reviews and questions, and would love to hear your thoughts!

New posts appear throughout the week. Check out the blog for reviews of exhibitions and projects, discussions on various ideas, and information on jobs and events. We also round up interesting news articles about museums around the world.

We want to hear from you!

We’re always looking for new blog authors and assistant editors, and welcome submissions of any kind. Here are a few ideas for post topics:

  • Exhibition reviews
  • Museum reviews
  • Short essays on upcoming topics
  • Short introductions to new blogs or other online sources of information
  • Event announcements
  • Internship overviews and reports
  • Other topics that interest you. We are open to suggestions!

If you have a suggestion, comment, or want to contribute to the blog, send us an email at the address below. This is your space too! We are also happy to post relevant job openings that are emailed to us at: tufts.museum.blog[at]gmail.com

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About the Tufts Museum Studies Program

Interested in learning about the classes, professors, and community here at Tufts? Visit the About the Program page on this blog or go directly to the program’s website to find out more!


The Editors

Meet Jess and Colleen, the editors of the blog and Master’s candidates in the Museum Studies program at Tufts University.

Meet Colleen

I am very excited to be in such close proximity to the Washington Monument on my first trip to DC.

I am very excited to be in such close proximity to the Washington Monument on my first trip to DC.

I’ve just completed my first year of the Museum Education Master’s program. Originally from the Midwest, I grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (what’s up, fellow Badgers?!). I lived in Madison for five years while studying secondary social studies education and trying my hand at teaching in a variety of communities.

Museum-wise, I am really into city museums, especially after working with the Chicago History Museum, as well as accessibility (in regards to both visitors and collections), visitor studies, and community engagement – although what museum educator isn’t into anything that includes the word “engagement?” Although history museums hold a special place in my heart, I am interested in the different ways in which education is viewed in all types of museums. Outside of museums, I am an avid reader, a history nerd, a runner, a baseball fan, and a pub-trivia-night enthusiast, among many other things.

Meet Jess

Returning Jumbo's ashes to the Sports Center after Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Mascot.

Returning Jumbo’s ashes to the Sports Center after Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Mascot.

I recently finished my first year of the Art History and Museum Studies MA program. I came to Tufts right after completing my undergrad at Reed College in Portland, OR (good thing I grew up in Connecticut and can handle my snow!). Academically, I tend to focus on trauma theory and memory politics. In the museum world, this translates to working in collections management and the archives. I care about access, conservation/preservation, cataloging, and provenance. Given my background, I usually gravitate towards art and history museums, but am easily won over by the promise of a spectacle. Away from museums, I enjoy riding my bike, reading novels, and listening to NPR.

13 thoughts on “About the Blog

  1. How do I post a job listing on your site for executive director of a local history museum in Palo Alto, CA.?

  2. Museums are one of the most popular items on any city tour itinerary. They present history, culture, nature, some museums are simply funny and meant to entertain us

  3. Thank you for posting all of the museum jobs. For easier reference, could you please put the month and year of the posting, i see several have “1974.”

  4. Hi Garret, Good eye! The 1974 dating is a workaround that was set up when the blog was built to stop all the job postings from individually mailing to those who had subscribed the blog. We’ll start putting a posting date on them! Thanks.

  5. Dear Web Master
    Cooper Hewitt positions have closed and been filled. Kindly take the announcements off the website after they have closed. Kind regards,

  6. Hello,
    I’d be glad to take the positions down if I am notified that they have been filled; however, this information isn’t always publicly available, so I default to posting the date the applications are due, if that information has been announced. I will take down the recent Cooper Hewitt positions. If you want to talk about this further, or to let Tufts students know about openings (and when they fill) in the future, you can email me at tuftsmuseumblog@gmail.com

  7. I have MA in Museum and Heritage Studies. I have been practicing as a field guide in Ghana for 7 years now. Anyone knows of a Museum I can be relavant too? I would be happy to know. Thanks.

  8. Hi Colleen and Jess, thanks for sharing your passion with us.
    All those people who enjoy art can visit this blog and enjoy your articles, and even better, we can participate by sharing our experiences and knowledge in the comments.
    Thanks again and best regrds.

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