Interim Director of the Museum Studies Program

Welcome back to campus to our current students, and greetings to our alumni across the globe.  MSP would like to give an enthusiastic welcome to Dr. Margaret Hedstrom who has agreed to serve in the role of Interim Director for the Museum Studies Program.

Dr. Hedstrom is the Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor of Information in the School of Information. She is an internationally recognized expert in digital preservation, archives, and electronic records management. She is a recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant that allowed her to develop the Sustainable Environment through Actionable Data (SEAD) project. Author of numerous scholarly papers, Dr. Hedstrom was a member of the Board for Research Data and Information, National Academy of Sciences, and chaired the Committee on Data Curation Workforce and Education Issues. She has served on numerous national and international boards, including the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board to the Library of Congress, the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, U.S. Department of State, the ACLS Commission on Cyber-Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the International Scientific Advisory Board to the CATCH program, NWO, the Netherlands. She is a fellow of the Society of American Archivists and recipient of a Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award from the University of Michigan for her work with archives and cultural heritage preservation in South Africa.

Dr. Hedstrom has been actively involved in the Museum Studies Program since its revival in 2002, most recently as a member of its Steering Committee.

Dr. Hedstrom replaces Dr. Carla Sinopoli, professor of anthropology and Curator in the Museum of Anthropology, who served as Director of MSP from 2012 to 2018.