Professor Welsh's research has addressed a range of issues including the historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums. He has worked with native cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest, and has conducted archaeological research in Arizona and China. He earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lauren provides administrative and advising support for five graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as being an integral part of the COGA team. She advises students throughout their time at KU, including the admissions process, regular enrollment, petitions, the comprehensive/final exam process, and graduation. She also works with graduate faculty and students to understand University policies and procedures, develops written and online communications, and maintains student records in her departments. The departments she serves are:
- American Studies
- African and African-American Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Museum Studies
- History of Art
Lauren joined the COGA team in 2016. A Lawrence native, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership from the University of Kansas.
Brandy assists with office administration, recruiting and marketing efforts, and some student support duties for the Museum Studies Program. A proud Jayhawk alum, Brandy graduated from KU with a bachelor's degree in advertising and broadcast management.