Students

Tyler Allen, student in KU's Museum Studies Program.

Dual-degree M.A. with African & African-American Studies; B.A. in African and African-American Studies from the University of Kansas.

Haley Bajorek

Graduated with Honors in Anthropology with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 2019.

Pursuing a dual-degree M.A. with African & African American Studies (2019-2022)

Hall Center for the Humanities Summer Fellow 2021

Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities Fellow 2021-22

Haley's research looks at the history of Black museums in the United States and proposes Black museums as models for better museum praxis. She focuses on interdisciplinary epistemologies, methods and theoretical frameworks including Critical Race Theory, radical Black Feminism, transnational Feminism, Decolonization Theory, and Global South knowledge production and preservation.

Kaela Berg

Graduate certificate student; B.A. in anthropology with minor in German from the University of Kansas.

Interests in curation and collections. I have volunteered at the Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth for a couple summers and have worked at the Archaeological Research Center at the University of Kansas for around two years.   

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B.A. in History from Benedictine College.

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B.A. in History, B.A. in Classics, B.A. in Art History (all summa cum laude) from Southern Illinois University.

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B.A. in Psychology and Communcations with a minor in Black Studies from the University of Missouri.

Allison Charba

Dual-degree M.A. with African & African-American Studies; B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in English from the University of North Texas.

Audrey Crawford, student in KU's Museum Studies Program.

B.S. in Zoology with Digital Studies and Studio Art minors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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B.S. in Biology (cum laude) and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky.

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Graduate certificate student; B.A. in Journalism and French from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.; M.A. in National Defense Policy and Military Arts and Science from Kansas State University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. 

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Graduate certificate student; B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary & Organismal Biology from the University of Kansas.

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Dual-degree M.A. student with African & African-American Studies; B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from Norfolk State University.

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B.F.A. in New Studio Practice with minors in Art History and Arts Management from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
New Studio Practice Major, Art History & Arts Management Minor5/8/2021President’s List: FA17, SP18, FA18, SP19, FA19, FA20AP Credits Awarded:3cr Studio Electiveelectronic signature title dateMilwaukee Institute of Art & Design273 East Erie StreetMilwaukee, WI, 53202Printed on Thursday, May 20, 2021,1:00:05 PMRegistrar5/20/2021OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTONLY when signed and sealed by representative of the registrar’s office.New Studio Practice Major, Art History & Arts Management Minor5/8/2021President’s List: FA17, SP18, FA18, SP19, FA19, FA20AP Credits Awarded:3cr Studio Electiveelectronic signature title dateMilwaukee Institute of Art & Design273 East Erie StreetMilwaukee, WI, 53202Printed on Thursday, May 20, 2021,1:00:05 PMRegistrar5/20/2021OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTONLY when signed and sealed by representative of the registrar’s office.

Indira Yadira Ariana García Varela

Graduate certificate student. Indira (Chihuahua, México) is a Ph.D. student in the Spanish and Portuguese department. She has a wide range of interests in literature and visual arts, including drama and poetry. Her research focuses on the common ground within the visuality of language and pictorial artefacts. She is particularly interested in biopolitics in the arts to understand the continuity of the “old” production with the “new” highlighting the genesis of the arts, incorporating a variety of literary genres, and various artistic medias such as painting, theater and photography. Her research is mostly trans-geographic and anachronic. 

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B.A. in History (cum laude) with minors in Classical Studies and Museum Studies, and a certificate in Public History from Christopher Newport University.

Rebecca Hawkins

B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech. Rebecca is most interested in natural history collection management and outreach, as well as skull morphology.

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B.A. in Linguistics, B.A. in Spanish, and minor in History from the University of Oklahoma.

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B.A. in English Literature (magna cum laude) from Western Washington University.

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B.A. in History (with honors) and a minor in Sociology from Washburn University.

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B.S. in Entrepreneurial Studies and a Teaching Artist minor from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Jordan Malhiot, KU Graduate Student in the Museum Studies Master's Program.

B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Kansas.

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B.A. in Anthropology with minors in Geology and Classics from the University of Kansas.

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B.S. in Biology (magna cum laude) with a minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Molly Nevius

Molly Nevius is the Learning Communities Coordinator at the Spencer Museum of Art, where she helps facilitate the PEAK arts integration program with statewide K-12 classrooms. In March 2019, she received fist place in the Liberal Arts Oral Presentation Division of the University of South Florida annual Student Showcase for Projects, Innovation, and Research for her presentation, “Swings of the Pendulum: Why Lee Krasner Matters.” Nevius has worked in arts administration for fourteen years, spearheading Studio 2030 and Breakthrou Marketing, and now looks to transition to a career in museum leadership and strategic planning.

Elizabeth Palomino, graduate student in KU's Museum Studies Program.

B.A. in Illustration and a minor in Public History from Northwest Missouri State University.

Kate Ragland

B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University; current master's student in Anthropology at the University of Kansas.

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Graduate certificate student; currently pursuing an M.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas; B.S. in Biology (Wildlife Studies)

Silvia Sanchez Tappan

Graduate certificate student; currently a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Kansas. Silvia investigates the diverse forms of work available to women in Mesoamerica. Her dissertation research will document the skills and occupations of Maya Kaqchikel women in Pa Su’m, Iximulew. Her goal is to understand how women's experiences and perspectives interact with trends in the global market and discourses of gender equality. Her previous work has also explored the development industry and Guatemala's healthcare system. Silvia cares about making research available to broader audiences -- she wants to create a digital archive, a temporary exhibit and teaching materials based on her dissertation research.

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Museum Studies graduate certificate student; currently pursuiing a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Kansas.

Museum Studies graduate certificate student; currently pursuiing a master's degree in English with a concentration in Literature at the University of Kansas.

Inger Toraason
B.S. in Biology and Spanish (graduated with distinction) with an honors certificate in the Biology Core Curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kali Jo Wacker, certificate student in KU's Museum Studies Program

Museum Studies graduate certificate student; currently pursuiing a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Kansas.

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B.S. in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Museum Studies graduate certificate student; currently a Fiction MFA candidate who received his BA from American University in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared on NPR, in Catapult, Nat. Brut, and in various anthologies. His research interests include creative writing, queer fiction, modernism, speculative fiction, and translation. 

Presley Wilson, KU graduate certificate student in Museum Studies.

Museum Studies graduate certificate student; B.S. in Biology & Biology Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University.


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