Kiersten Latham, 1999

Associate professor in the School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University and current Fulbright Scholar in Zadar, Croatia

After graduating from KU's Museum Studies Program, I went to Emporia State University for a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science. I've since developed and teach the specialization in museum studies from an LIS perspective. In addition to Kiersten Latham in Croatiaacademic work, I have worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for more than 20 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer, and consultant. My research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects — especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation, and spirituality — and the conceptual foundations of museums as knowledge systems. Presently,  I'm studying museum user perceptions of “the real thing” in museums and museums as ecological systems. I've done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects), and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document. In addition to teaching and research, I run the MuseLab, a place for thinking, doing, and learning about museal things, located in the iSchool at Kent State.

Kiersten LathamCurrently I am a Fulbright Scholar in Zadar, Croatia, where I teach Current Issues in Documentation Studies to graduate students in the Information Sciences Department. I’ll be here about 5 months and have my 17-year-old daughter with me.

I've co-written Foundations of Museum Studies with John Simmons (also formerly of KU) and Objects of Experience with Elee Wood, IUPUI. [Ed. note: The KU Museum Studies Program uses Kiersten's books.]


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