Working Papers

Launched in 2010, the University of Michigan Working Papers in Museum Studies serve as an outlet for museum scholars and professionals and advanced students to report on ongoing research and present new theoretical arguments in a peer-reviewed on-line publication. These papers—which derive from public presentations on the University of Michigan campus, faculty research, and the doctoral project of University of Michigan Museum Studies students—provide an opportunity for MSP to disseminate our distinctive “critical practice” perspective to the larger museum and heritage community through presenting exciting and provocative new scholarship that integrates theory and practice in the study of museums.

Number 12, Welcoming All Visitors: Museums, Accessibility, and Visitors with Disabilities
Caroline Braden, University of Michigan
Number 11 Psychological Flow and the Numinous Museum Experience
Kiersten F. Latham, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Number 10, Sacred Trees of the Savè Hills Cultural Landscape
Andrew W. Gurstelle, University of Michigan
Number 9, Building Bodies in the Australian Periphery: The Enactment of Aboriginality in Tasmania

Christopher Berk, University of Michigan

Number 8, Materiality Matters: Experiencing the Displayed Object

Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester

Number 7, Multiculturalism and Museums in China

Keun Young Kim, University of Michigan

Number 6, Aligning Museum Building Projects with Institutional Goals

Ipek Kaynar Rohloff, Mount Holyoke College

Number 5, Wanting to Be Third on Your Block

Elaine Heumann Gurian, Senior Museum Consultant

Number 4, Civilizing the Guam Museum

Christine DeLisle, University of Michigan

Number 3, Museums, Histories and the Dilemmas of Change in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Leslie Witz, University of the Western Cape

Number 2, Virtual Experiments: Reflections on the Museum in the Virtual Realm

Alice Mae Goff, University of California, Berkeley

Number 1, An Agenda for American Museums in the 21st Century

Harold Skramstad, President Emeritus, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village


In Fall 2015, we launched a new series of working papers: Museum Studies Working Papers: Future Leaders, which features the work of talented U-M undergraduates who have undertaken substantive research on museum and heritage topics.


Future Museum Leaders 1 Managing Michigan’s Underwater Heritage: The Past, Present, and Future of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Leah R. Burgin, University of Michigan
Future Museum Leaders 2 Rediscovering Sephardic Catalonia: Heritage and the Museum of Jewish History in Girona
James Nadel, University of Michigan