Emerging Research on Identity, Representation & Inclusion
A significant body of innovative and potentially useful research about inclusion and diversity is surfacing in museum studies graduate programs across the country. This research often reflects the changing demographics of American society and our growing awareness of the complex dimensions of identity. However, the work is rarely available in venues or formats that are useful to museum practitioners, researchers, and decision-makers. To fill this gap in information sharing, we will conduct a qualitative meta-analysis of Master’s and Doctoral theses that address issues of personal and group identity and representation in museums, followed by interviews with a sample of the authors. This work will describe the ways museums represent and respond to issues of personal and group identity, with a particular focus on looking for evidence of impact and successful and emerging practices. A second goal is to understand how the engagement in the process of research influences the subsequent practice of current professionals.