My dissertation research, “Pa-KOW! Doing Participatory Knowledge Work in Museums and Archives” focused on processes of participation in museums and archives and the publics with which these institutions interact. The project investigated participatory knowledge work using conceptual and methodological tools from the learning sciences with a focus on research-practice partnerships, interaction analysis, and the diverse roles of digital technologies in museum and archival work.
As a researcher at UiO’s Centre for Experiential Legal Learning, I explored how the concept of experiential learning has been understood by educational researcher and legal educators with the aim of connecting research-informed pedagogy with instructors’ more immediate contexts and concerns.
Before moving to Norway in 2014, I worked as a grant writer for the educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, an archives assistant at the cultural heritage organization, The Trustees of Reservations, and in higher education administration at Harvard Law School. I studied English-language literature as an undergraduate at Loyola University in Maryland, and history and public history as a masters student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.