Director, Museum Studies Program; Curator, Museum of Anthropology; Professor, Department of Anthropology
Carla Sinopoli became director of the Museum Studies Program in 2012. She has been at U-M since 1993 and is also Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Archaeology and Ethnology in the Museum of Anthropology. Sinopoli served as Director of the Museum of Anthropology from 2005-2011. An anthropological archaeologist, her research focuses on the emergence and structures of social inequalities and political economies of South India, spanning from the first millennium BCE Iron Age through the mid second millennium CE Vijayanagara empire, with particular interests in craft production and material culture. As curator in the Museum of Anthropology, she has conducted research, published, and organized virtual and physical exhibitions of the Museum’s rich archaeological and ethnographic collections.
Bradley L. Taylor
Associate Director, Museum Studies Program
Brad Taylor became the Associate Director of the Museum Studies Program in 2004. He teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, coordinates student internships, and actively supports the Museum Studies Program’s varied public programs. His research interests include the effect of surrogation on the museum experience and the evolving role of the museum in society. Brad is a graduate of an earlier iteration of Michigan’s museum program and holds his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. In his years of travel throughout the museums of the world, he has found no object more intriguing than Thomas Edison’s last breath (in a bottle!), displayed at the Henry Ford.
Administrative Assistant, Museum Studies Program
Amy Smola joined the Museum Studies Program in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant after having worked for 17 years in healthcare administration at the University of Michigan Health System. Her role in Museum Studies includes tasks related to budget reconciliation, purchasing, financial systems, student administration, events coordination and promotion. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Literature and Art History, and she completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Amy also has an administrative role at the Rackham Graduate School’s Graduate Student Programs.