I am a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, where I am researching how museums can interact with knowledgeable members of web communities that focus on specific topics (the “expert web”) that align with museums’ curatorial subject matter.
Concurrently, I am the Digital Interpretive Specialist at The New York Botanical Garden, where I’ve developed digital content for exhibitions featuring art historical, cultural, and botanical topics. Previously, I worked at both leading mobile interpretation companies, Acoustiguide and Antenna, held consulting positions at The Jewish Museum, The Newark Museum and MuseumHack, and completed internships at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art.
Online, my interest in communities extends to my time creating and moderating the “MuseumPros” community on Reddit. There, I moderate discussions among the 3,000 subscribers, and have organized five annual holiday gift-shop exchanges, four “Ask-Me-Anything” sessions with well-known museum staff, and created an educational wiki about museology graduate programs.
My writing has appeared in The New York Times and I have been interviewed by the BBC World Service’s Cultural Frontline. My research and web projects have been referenced in Hyperallergic, DMLCentral, Rue89, KillScreen and even The Sun.