Kerstin Barndt

Director, Museum Studies Program

Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Full biography coming soon!




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.



Amy Smola

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 on the Rackham Graduate School’s Professional and Academic Development team.