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