Doctoral Research

Through the “Fellowship for Doctoral Research on Museums,” the Museum Studies Program provides funding to doctoral students who have completed the Graduate Certificate whose research addresses issues on or about museums. Contributions by several of our fellowship awardees are included among the MSP working papers. Since the fellowship was initiated in 2008, the following students have received support for their research:

Luciana Aenasoiae
MSP08, Anthropology and History
PhD awarded 2016
Activating Social Networks: Memory, Acquaintances, and Marginality in Romanian Transformation Discourses


Christopher Berk
MSP07, Anthropology
PhD awarded 2014
Building Bodies in the Australian Periphery: The Enactment of Aboriginality in Tasmania


Clara Cahill
MSP09, Education
PhD awarded 2012
Zydeco: Fostering Seamless Connections between the Classroom and the Museum


Abi Celis
MSP11, Romance Languages
PhD awarded 2018
Reading Museums, Imagining Communities


Courtney Cottrell
MSP12, Anthropology
PhD awarded 2017
Educating History: Colonial Practices of Ethnographic Museums and How Tribal Museums are Changing Them 


Morgan Daniels
MSP06, Information Science
PhD awarded 2014
Museum Data Collections: From Object to Representation to the Production of New Knowledge


Christine DeLisle
MSP05, History and Women’s Studies
PhD awarded 2008
Civilizing the Guam Museum


Sarah Gothie
MSP09, American Culture
PhD awarded 2016
Gardens of Innocence and Experience


Andrew Gurstelle
MSP09, Anthropology
PhD awarded 2015
Sacred Trees of the Savè Hills Cultural Landscape


Deirdre Hennebury
MSP04, Architecture
PhD awarded 2014
An Investigation of the Urban, Architectural and Exhibit Designs of the Tate Museums, Millbank and Liverpool


Kathryn Holihan
MSP14, German Languages and Literature
PhD in progress
Displaying the Hygienic Body: The Popular Hygiene Exhibition in Germany, 1880-1931


Ipek Kaynar Rohloff
MSP04, Architecture
PhD awarded 2009
Aligning Museum Building Projects with Institutional Goals: A Visitor-Experience Centered Approach


Keun Young Kim
MSP06, Anthropology
Multiculturalism and Museums in China


Kelly Kirby
MSP05, Anthropology
PhD awarded 2014
Clothing, Kinship, and Gifts: Transnational Wardrobes in Senegal and the Diaspora


Hima Mallampati
PhD awarded 2010
Acquiring Antiquity: Plunder, Provenance and Policy in Museums


Grace Mahoney
MSP16, Slavic Languages and Literature
PhD in progress
Behind Cream Curtains: Estates, Museums, and their Literary Interlocutors in Early-Soviet Culture, 1917-1930


Allan Martell
MSP15, Information Science
PhD awarded 2020
Memory Labor as Memory Making: The Negotiation of Collective Remembering through the Production of Museum Exhibits


Justin Meyer
MSP12, Urban Planning
PhD awarded 2016
Art Museums and their Connection to Urban Development


Ashley Miller
MSP10, History of Art
PhD awarded 2017
Locating Heritage in French Colonial Morocco (ca. 1912-1931)


Ricardo L. Punzalan
MSP08, Information
PhD awarded 2013
Challenges and Barriers to Virtual Reunification: The Case of the Dispersed Ethnographic Images of Dean C. Worcester


Emma Sachs
PhD awarded 2019
Stylistic Allusions in Campanian Wall Painting [working title]


Diana Sierra-Becerra
MSP12, History and Women’s Studies
PhD awarded 2017
Without Women There is no Revolution: Gender and Social Movements in Twentieth-Century El Salvador


Alice Tsay
MSP13, English
PhD awarded 2017
Matters of Taste: Digesting Difference in Victorian and Edwardian Culture


Ben Tupper
MSP14, Educational Studies
PhD in progress
Educational Practice and Professional Development of Docents in a Botanical Garden


Aimee Von Bokel
MSP08, American Culture
PhD awarded 2013
Two Museums, One Story: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Weeksville Heritage Center


Felix Zamora-Gomez
MSP16, Romance Languages and Literature
PhD in progress
Foundational Landscapes: Regimes of Visuality and the Construction of New Narratives of History and Heritage in 20th Century Spain