Staff

Lauren Chaney
Graduate Academic Advisor

Contact Lauren with questions regarding:

  • Admissions
  • Enrollment
  • Petitions
  • Program requirements
  • Comprehensive exam, MA/MFA thesis defense, and dissertation defense procedures
  • Graduation

Schedule a virtual advising appointment!

Black woman with shoulder-length curly hair wearing a purple sweater and smiling at the camera
Director, Museum Studies Program, Associate Professor, American Studies and African & African American Studies, Artistic Director, KC Melting Pot Theatre
785-864-3054
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley is an award-winning professor and director. She is an associate professor of American Studies and African American Studies who specializes areas of hip-hop studies, acting and directing, and African American performance in theater, film and television. An artist-scholar, Hodges Persley creates intentional bridges between the entertainment industry and academia. She is the author of Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-Hop Performance and Breaking It Down: Auditioning for Artists of the Global Majority, co-written with Monica Ndounou of Dartmouth University

Brandy Ernzen, program coordinator
Program Coordinator, she/her/hers
785-864-6408
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Contact Brandy for:

  • Questions about MUSE and to schedule campus visits (online or in person) for prospective students
  • Course scheduling questions and permission numbers for current students
  • MUSE events and communications
  • Student support/resource referrals, both on- and off-campus

Current in-person office schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

June 2020 Newsletter
January 2019 Newsletter
September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter