This site is a nexus of my academic work and research. Hopefully, it will also serve as a place to start new collaborations and partnerships too.
As for who I am, I am currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Performance and Creative Industries at the University of Leeds and the Programme Leader for the MA in Audience Engagement and Participation. Previously, I worked as a Lecturer in Museology at the Institute of Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester. I received my BA in Art History and Cultural Anthropology from The Evergreen State College; my MA in Arts Administration and Exhibition Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, my MA in Sociology from Goldsmiths University London and my doctorate in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from the University of Manchester. My doctoral research was on the heritage management of former security sites in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland – you can learn more about that here. During my time as a PhD student, I had the privilege of working on several research projects which include: Irish Republican Prison Craft: Making Memory and Legacy Project, OUT! Manchester Pride, Prisons Memory Archive, and the Pankhurst Heritage Centre.
I have also worked for over twenty years in the cultural sector. My career made its start in 1995 when I began work as project assistant at the Experimental Gallery under Susan Warner, which somehow evolved into me working as an artist-in-residency at the Maple Lane School Juvenile Detention Facility in Centralia, Washington. To keep it brief, I have since worked for the Painting Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Art, Repatriation Office of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, and the Women’s Art Library. I was also part of a feminist art collective called District of Ladies that grew out of the Visual Arts Committee of Ladyfest DC and member of organising committee (Juror and Volunteer Coordinator) for the DC Underground Film Festival.
That seems like enough to start with. If you want to know more or want to tell me what you have been up to, please do get in touch with me. Oh and thanks for stopping by!