Qualified teacher with a passion for history, heritage and education. Particularly interested in the history of material culture, digital humanities and museums education. Museum education experience includes leading educational workshops at The Charles Dickens Museum, The Royal Institute of British Architects and The London Museum of Water and Steam. Currently working as part of the Learning team at the British Library. Heritage sector experience includes building conservation casework at the Victorian Society and historic environment record work at Historic England. Contributed to the Institute of Historic Research ‘Layers of London’ project, creating two collections of records relating to the London Borough of Brent.
I have worked in Museum Education at the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as having over fifteen years experience as a higher education instructor. I currently serve as Full-time Faculty of Art History and Art Appreciation at Brookhaven College. Additional projects include curatorial efforts, specifically on comics related exhibitions. Moreover, as an advocate for open-educational resources, I have contributed several times to the OER website Smarthistory.
As Curator of Academic Programs at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, I collaborate with faculty across all units of the university to foster interdisciplinary programs and to develop creative ways to join the museum with curricular activities. As Director of Education, I lead a team in developing engaging learning opportunities for exhibitions and in creating “always-on” educational experiences for students and community members, whenever they come to the museum. Our focus extends from visitor experience in the museum to outreach and partnerships that serve community needs. In addition to research and lectures on museum education, my teaching and research in American art have focused on turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century American artists abroad, American illustration and issues of race and whiteness.
Postdoc researcher on the project “Colonial Provenances of Nature. The expansion of the mammal collection at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, around 1900” funded by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), and hosted at the Humanities for Nature Department at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin. Historian of Science and Empire & self-proclaimed Museum-Person, Catarina Madruga defended her PhD in the University of Lisbon titled “Taxonomy & Empire. Zoogeographical knowledge on Portuguese Africa, 1862-1881” in 2020. Her research for the last decade focused on the zoological collections shipped from African territories and studied in the Lisbon Zoological Museum of the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa, under the direction of José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1823-1907), and on the study of Bocage’s correspondence and scientific networks. She has previous training in Museum Studies and experience in Exhibition Design and Museum Education. She is a Guest Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, NL. Currently moving from Lisbon to Berlin.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at UCLA, specializing in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. My dissertation examines Victorian mnemonics, arguing that the intersection between nineteenth-century memory culture and Victorian poetry produced key elements of modern computing, including random-access memory, algorithms, software, and external memory. More broadly, I also research topics including modern philosophy of consciousness, nineteenth-century literary and visual representations of London, 1790s radicalism, and conservative responses to the French Revolution. I am also interested in the history of epidemics and Victorian behavioral addiction. More broadly, I have experience working and researching in the field of museum education, and have particular interests in contemporary visual art and museum pedagogy.
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