Students and Alumni
Since the program’s inception in 2006, our students have participated in a wide variety of projects and have gone on to different graduate schools and museum-related employment. We hope to collect more stories in the near future. If you are a graduate of the program and would like to update us on your employment, education, or achievements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Class of 2016
Taylor Alessio ’16 (History of Art): In 2013, Taylor began working for the Museum Education and Employment Program (MEEP) at the American Museum of Natural History, in which she became a teaching tour guide designing educational programming for kids on the history of AMNH. In the summer of 2014 she supervised a group of 30 interns in the MEEP program.
Jesse Chen ’16 (Writing Seminars): Jesse curated an exhibit of 20th century political cartoons, through the JHU Sheridan Libraries, where she was a special collections assistant, during the summer of 2016. The exhibit runs through August 26, 2016. After graduation, she relocated to San Francisco for a job in public relations.
Silin Chen ’16 (History of Art): In Summer 2013, Silin researched a set of Chinese scrolls in the collection of the Evergreen Museum and Library. Her research resulted in a student-curated exhibit, in Fall 2014, titled, “From Here to Eternity: The Symbolism of Evergreen’s ‘Eight Immortal’ Scrolls.” Additionally, in Fall 2014, Silin was awarded a Mellon Fellowship to intern at the Walters Art Museum cataloging Chinese porcelains. She was also selected as a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow where she researched three international exhibitions of Chinese Art with loans from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing and Taipei, from Fall 2013 to Spring 2016. After her Spring 2016 graduation, Silin will attend Yale School of Management MBA program as a Silver Scholar.
Grace Golden ’16 (Anthropology): After graduation, Grace will be working at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center on a number of research projects focusing on cultural heritage at risk in Syria and Iraq.
Nicole Ziegler ’16: In 2013, Nicole interned at both Christie’s in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department and Gagosian Gallery. During the summer of 2014, she worked at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. She has also volunteered for the Contemporary Department at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she applied her knowledge from the M&S classes. After graduation, she will be going to Venice for an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
- Class of 2015
Ryan Bender ’15 (International Studies and History of Art): Ryan participated in the 2012 M&S Intersession course in Paris and maintained his international interests through summer internships at prestigious auction houses in Los Angeles (2012) and Philadelphia (2013) and an Independent Study project on the Chinese art market. Ryan was accepted into JHU’s 5-year BA/MA program with the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Bianca Biberaj ’15 (History of Art): In summer 2013, Bianca was a curatorial intern at MoMA in the museum’s Department of Media and Performance Arts–and then left for a year in Paris, where she was a student at the École du Louvre. In summer 2014 she was an intern at The Contemporary in Baltimore and in fall 2014 she began a Mellon-funded curatorial internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the Department of Contemporary and Media Art.
Emily Birge ’15 (History of Art): In summer 2013, Emily worked at MoMA in the Family Programs division of the Education department and helped design programs for their new interactive spaces throughout the museum. She spent summer 2014 as an intern at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Danielle Gilbert ’15 (Archaeology and English): Danielle spent the summer of 2013 as a student at Mt. Vernon’s Collaborative Historic Preservation Field School. She recently (2014) completed archaeological fieldwork in Peru. Danielle recently applied to graduate schools and was offered admission to MPhil, Cambridge, and Oxford. In October 2015, she will begin graduate school at the University of Cambridge and will be studying for a MPhil in Archaeology where she would like to pursue a course on Cultural Heritage and Museums.
Molly Martell ’15 (Archaeology): Molly recently worked as an intern at the National Museum of Natural History, under Dr. David Hunt, studying the Terry Comparative Anatomy Collection, where her job is to analyze remains in the collection for any apparent pathologies and create a database to record the findings. She also assisted with necropsies performed by the NMNH. Molly is the recipient of a DURA award to conduct research alongside Curator Sanchita Balachandran in the Hopkins Archaeology Museum in 2014-15.
Gianna Puzzo ’15 (History of Art): Gianna was a 2013 summer intern at JHMI’s Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, where she worked with family albums, letters, and original illustrations to research Hopkins medical illustrator and researcher Max Brodel. She was a Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum for the Summer of 2014, working with the curatorial Department of Asian Art cataloging Chinese porcelain. Gianna was chosen as a Mellon Curatorial Intern in Asian Art for the Walters for Spring 2015, where she will be cataloging but also assisting conservators working in the galleries on the Doris Duke project by speaking to visitors about the objects, the conservators, the museum, and the Doris Duke Foundation.
Eve Rosekind ’15 (History of Art): In the summer of 2013, Eve interned in the conservation department of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries where she completed the digitization and organization of their X-Radiograph films. Read about her project here. She spent the summer of 2014 as the Hopkins Abrams Intern at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. working with Dr. Sue Frank, the Associate Curator of Research. For seven months, during the fall of 2015 through Spring 2016, Eve interned at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in the Office of Advancement. There she researched potential donors for upcoming projects/exhibitions and provided diverse support for the museum’s Inaugural American Portrait Gala (2015). In the fall of 2016, Eve will begin the two-year art history masters program at Williams College.
Joseph Shaikewitz ’15 (History of Art): As the recipient of a Hall Grant for Museum Internships, Joseph spent the summer of 2013 at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., where he took command of the photography exhibition “Shaping a Modern Identity.” That fall, he began a year abroad at the École du Louvre in Paris where he specialized in modern and contemporary art history and worked with L’Inlassable Galerie. Upon his return stateside (Summer 2014), Joseph held a curatorial internship at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. In the spring of 2014, he received the competitive JHU Arts Innovation Grant to organize an artist residency resulting in the exhibition Foot Locker (2015). After graduation, Joseph continued curating exhibitions, began publishing art criticism, and in 2016 joined the programmatic team at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, a New York-based non-profit that trains curators to assume leadership positions in museums across the country and abroad.
Alison Tretter ’15 (Archaeology): In the summer of 2014, Ali worked as an exhibition and interpretation intern at the New York Botanical Garden and as an education volunteer at the Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History. Among many contributions at the NYBG, she designed an exhibit focusing on new species discovered by garden scientists (tentative opening date March 2015). At the AMNH, Ali educated more than 300 visitors each weekend about human origins through a table-top interactive exhibit that she designed about human ancestors and their associated stone tool industries. Both internships have fueled Ali’s passion for museum education, and she plans on a career that involves interpreting archaeological materials for the public.
Erin (Gloria) You ’15 (History of Art): Gloria took a two-semester course at MICA in which students produced an exhibit titled, Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque. The project consisted of an exhibition (on May 5 and 7) and a series of performances called the “Best of Baltimore,” which were performed at the Lyric Opera House in April 2014.
- Class of 2014
Elizabeth Caris ’14 (History of Art and Archaeology): Liz spent the summer of 2013 as a registrar intern at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard and doing fieldwork on the north coast of Peru. In summer 2014, she was a Robert and Nancy Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum, where she worked with the Art of the Americas collection. She is excited to be starting graduate school for art history in August 2015 at Emory University, specializing in Andean art and archaeology, where she will be working very closely with the collection at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on campus.
Nissa Cheng ’14 (Classics): In the fall of 2013, Nissa was awarded a Hall Fellowship to work with the Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum. While in her senior year, Nissa worked at both the Homewood House Museum and the Evergreen Museum and Library, of the Johns Hopkins Museums. In the spring of 2014, Nissa curated an exhibit of works by Léon Bakst at Evergreen, culled from the permanent collection of the museum. That spring, Nissa also completed her senior thesis in Classics by curating an exhibit on Greek childhood at the JHU Archaeological Museum. After graduating, Nissa spent the summer as an intern in the Office of the General Counsel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She joined the Training Programme at Sotheby’s New York in the fall of 2014, and in February 2015 she moved into her current role as the Day Sale Administrator in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department at the same company.
Kirsten Gausch ’14 (History of Art): Kirsten spent the summer of 2012 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as their School Partnership Intern. From January to October of the same year, she assisted with the on-campus Mark Dion installation piece “An Archaeology of Knowledge.” Rounding out her time at Hopkins, Kirsten worked for Museums and Society through the Center for Educational Resources, researching objects in the Dion collection to support the course “The Virtual Museum” and its related interactive website, collectionsweb.jhu.edu. After graduation, Kirsten moved to Seattle and started working at Chihuly Garden and Glass. In the fall of 2015, she began graduate school in the University of Washington’s Museology program. She currently works in the communications department at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
Drew Lash ’14 (International Studies): In the summer of 2012, Drew interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Thanks to a generous gift from Paul and Natalie Abrams, in summer 2013, Drew interned at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Her installation of the Sonneborn collection of Judaica was on view at Johns Hopkins Hillel in academic year 2013-2014. During summer 2014, Drew was the modern art assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, covering the curatorial administrator while she was on maternity leave. She will be teaching English in Spain this coming year while she applies to graduate school for art history, which she hopes to begin in the fall of 2015. Drew spent this past year working towards a masters degree in Madrid at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Estudios Artísticos, Literarios, y de la Cultura. Through the university, she was able to have a semester-long internship at the Museo Nacional del Prado working in the curatorial department of Spanish Painting (until 1700). Fall of 2016, she will be starting an Art History masters program at Columbia University.
Courtney Little ’14 (History and Anthropology): In 2013, while studying abroad, Courtney was accepted as one of the prestigious Deerfield Summer Fellows. She was the Nan Pinkard-Bolton intern at the Homewood Museum on campus. In Summer 2013, she was the first JHU student to be accepted into the Historic Deerfield summer fellowship program. Courtney is now a graduate student at UNC- Greensboro’s MA in history with a museum studies concentration. In between her graduate studies, she is an intern at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, in Greensboro. In the summer of 2015, Courtney interned at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
Emily Markert ’14 (History and English): Emily worked as a Curatorial Intern at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan during the summers of 2012 and 2013. In the fall of 2013, Emily was contracted by the JM as a researcher for a forthcoming exhibition catalogue. In September 2014, she began working in a temporary position at Sotheby’s, and two months later she was made the full-time Client Liaison & Administrator for Sotheby’s Preferred Programme, a VIP loyalty program for the company’s top clientele. Emily plans to apply to graduate school in 2016 to return to her pursuit of curatorial museum work.
- Class of 2013
Talia Hughes ’13 (Archaeology): In January 2012, Talia interned with Kathy Nussbaum in the Education Division of the Walters Art Museum. There, she helped assess visitor experiences, investigating how the public engages with the museum and interrogating their interests, motives, and reactions to the Walters’ galleries and exhibits.
Chloé Pelletier ’13 (History of Art): As the annual student curator at Evergreen Museum & Library, Chloé helped curate the exhibition Herbert Hessletine: Sculptor of the Modern Age. She took a year off to continue her work in the art scene of her hometown, Austin, Texas, at the Blanton Museum. Chloé has accepted an offer into the history of art PhD program at the University of Chicago, beginning Fall 2014.
Rachel Pretlow ’13 (Public Health, with minors also in GECA and Anthropology): Rachel is pursuing her master’s degree at JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Laura Somenzi ’13 (History of Art): As the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Laura curated the exhibition Choreography in Color: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald at Evergreen Museum and Library. In Fall 2013, she headed off to pursue her PhD in Italian art history at Emory University.
Hannah Weinberg-Wolf ’13 (Behavioral Biology): Hannah’s senior capstone installation Please Touch was funded by a competitive JHU Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award. After graduation, Hannah joined Tim Buschmann’s neuroscience lab at Princeton University as a research specialist. Hannah is interested in an academic career that will also allow her to work a major natural history collection. She is currently pursuing a JHU museum studies MA through the AAP program.
- Class of 2012
Selee Ahn ’12 (History of Art): After Selee graduated from Hopkins, she attended the master’s program in history of art at Oxford University in the UK, where her concentration was media and modernity: art and mass culture. In Fall 2014, Selee will begin her PhD in art management at Seoul National University in Korea.
Lydia Alcock ’12 (Psychology): Lydia started working full-time at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies in May 2012 after first completing an internship there and working for the Center part-time during her senior year. She then moved to Port Discovery, a children’s museum in Baltimore, before taking a job in the advancement department of a local private school. While a Hopkins student, Lydia started the Museum Buddies program at the Homewood Museum, which lives on under the name Museum Mentors.
Gabrielle Barr ’12 (History): In her senior year, Gabrielle Barr curated “To Glorify and to Sanctify: The Crown Motif in Jewish Ritual and Art,” out of the Sonneborn Collection of Judaica at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, where she specializes in archives. In Summer 2014, she interned at the Center for the History of Medicine at The Countway Library, where she catalogued moulages created by Dr. Varaztad Kazanjian of his patients during WWI and processed a plastic surgery collection.
Andrew Campagnolo ’12 (Biophysics): Andrew attends the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alexandra Good ’12 (History of Art and Writing Seminars): While at Hopkins, Ali was featured in numerous media posts for her work in the Print by Print exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Ali is pursuing a joint degree in law and arts management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Heinz College (we like to attribute this interest to her “Art and the Law” course at Hopkins and the BMA internship that grew out of that).
Emily Sneff ’12 (History): In Fall 2011, Emily was a Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum working with Martina Bagnoli. That year, she also presented her senior thesis in history, “Furnishing Sloane’s ‘Nicknackatory’: The Many Founders of the British Museum.” After graduation, she worked and volunteered at a number of museums in the Philadelphia area before becoming a research associate at the American Philosophical Society Museum. Emily is currently the Research Manager for the Declaration Resources Project, a new initiative led by scholar and author Danielle Allen, based in the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.
- Class of 2011
Emily Carambelas ’11 (Archaeology and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology): While still a student and continuing after graduation, Emily worked at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of JHMI. She assisted with projects in JHU’s Office of Cultural Properties, including working as project registrar for Mark Dion’s “An Archaeology of Knowledge” and aiding in research for the anthropology department’s investigation of a set of busts produced during Franz Boas’ expeditions to the Pacific Northwest. During her senior year, Emily curated From Sacred to Secular: Collecting and Caring for Judaica, and participated in a related symposium the following year. She did a yearlong internship at the BMA, where she worked in the conservation department, and in February 2014 began working at the Ladew Topiary Garden as an independent contractor, arranging their archives and performing collection management duties. She also worked with Jackie O’Regan, Hopkins Curator of Cultural Properties, to develop a small installation at the MSE Library focused on the work of Dr. Gilbert Levin, who was the principal investigator of the Labeled Release Experiment on the Viking Mission to Mars. The installation opened in September 2014. In June 2016, Emily was accepted into the masters program for Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University in Pennsylvania where she also has a research assistanceship.
Yana Demireva ’11 (Anthropology): Yana is pursuing a master’s in applied anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dakota DeVos ’11 (History of Art): Dakota received a Fulbright to study in Germany during the academic year 2013-2014, where she pursued her MA in art history and museum studies. She was the recipient of a DAAD Grant, which is funding her second year of research on her master’s at Humboldt University in Berlin. Read about her work on Museums and Society’s GoogleEarth project in 2009 here. Starting in March 2016, Dakota works as a curatorial assistant in the Modern and Contemporary Division at HUAM.
Elizabeth Dowdle (Lubben) ’11 (History of Science): After graduating from Hopkins, Elizabeth moved to Washington, D.C., to earn her master’s degree in museum studies from the George Washington University, focusing on museum administration. While a student, she held part-time jobs and internships at various institutions, including the National Museum of American History and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. She completed her MA in May 2013 and is now the media relations coordinator at The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. As an undergraduate at Hopkins, Elizabeth spearheaded the “Business of Culture” lecture series that sought to introduce students to new areas of museum theory and practice. She also contributed to the Walters Art Museum’s GoogleEarth “Art on the Move” project, with her research on the Capitoline Amazon.
Pooja Ganesan ’11 (Anthropology): After graduation, Pooja moved to London to study for a master’s in anthropology at Goldsmiths College.
Courtney Harris ’11 (International Studies and History of Art): Courtney has accepted a position as the Curatorial Research Fellow in Decorative Arts & Sculpture in the Art of Europe department at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. She gets to handle objects on a daily basis and conduct independent research. One of her major projects is preparing an exhibition on Della Robbia sculpture in America for the summer of 2016. She has also been invited to write a chapter for the museum’s exhibition catalogue. Previously, she held a job at the Commission for Looted Art. See the full story here.
Beth Simmonds ’11 (Sociology): After graduation, Beth worked in special events and development at the National Postal Museum for two years. Passionate about working for an educational nonprofit and wanting to be closer to the “front lines” of education, Beth started her residency with Capital Teaching in D.C. in June 2013. She worked, up until 2016, at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School where she taught 1st and 4th grade after receiving her teaching certification through the Capital Teaching Residency. She recently took a new job as a 1st grade teacher at a KIPP:DC public charter school and is still keeping up with her museum and Hopkins alumni connections.
Michael Szeto ’11 (Political Science): After a gap year of travel and volunteering at museums in Los Angeles, Michael attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis and then transferred to the New York University School of Law, where he recieved his Juris Doctor in May 2015. During law school, he worked on environmental and civil right issues, including LGBT rights, prisoners’ rights, gender equality, reproductive justice, and fair housing. Michael completed his law school “thesis” on the copyright issues surrounding post-modern and contemporary choreography and dance. He frequently sends postcards from his travels and comes back to visit us in Baltimore—something we really appreciate!
Lindsay Tauscher ’11 (History of Art and French): Having been awarded the Pinkard-Bolton Internship at the Homewood Museum in 2009 and the Michael and Nancy Lytell Internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2010, where she worked in the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Pacific Islands, Lindsay went on to work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after graduation. She subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., and became the first Center Arts intern at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. She also worked as an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where she assisted in the production of the program Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Class of 2010
Suzanne Gold ’10 (History of Art and Writing Seminars): After extending a summer 2010 internship at the Glenstone Foundation, Suzanne was hired in May 2011 as visitor services coordinator and archive assistant. She also works as a member of the curatorial team. Glenstone is a private collection of modern and contemporary art in Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. Suzanne gained much applied museum experience while a student at Hopkins, where she worked on curatorial projects out of the Henry Sonneborn Collection of Judaica and at Evergreen Museum & Library.
Kimberly (Skerritt) Harrell ’10 (Political Science): Kimberly spent her senior year working as an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and was hired in the fall of 2010 as the museum’s mobile learning project assistant. In this position, which is part of a larger initiative sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, Kim helped plan and provide workshops for teens and teachers to promote mobile learning throughout Smithsonian museums. After four years in this position, Kimberly transitioned to Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for the Postal Museum.
Joan Tkacs ’10 (History of Art): Joan earned an MA in art history from the University of Georgia, Athens. Her work for a 2009 course in Museums and Society is featured in the “Art on the Move” page of the Walters Art Museum website.
- Class of 2009
Sarah Abare ’09 (History of Art): Sarah was awarded the first Michael and Nancy Lytell Internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and spent the summer of 2009 working with the curatorial staff in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She went on to receive an MA in art history from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2014. During the spring of 2013, she held an internship in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and European Paintings at UT’s Blanton Museum of Art, where she assisted the senior curator with the planning of the exhibition Luminous: 50 Years of Collecting Prints and Drawings at the Blanton. She also served as a graduate teaching fellow at the Blanton from September 2013 through May 2014. In August 2014, Sarah began working as an administrative coordinator in the Education Department of the Blanton.
Jeremy Batoff ’09 (History of Art): Jeremy is a graduate of the School of Law at the University of Baltimore and continues to be very active in the Baltimore arts scene. His brother Justin, ’07, was also a student in our program.
Sara Dayton ’09 (Classics and History of Art): Sara spent 2009-2010 as an intern in the Editorial and Graphic Design Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as part of the PMA’s Museum Studies Internship Program. She entered the master’s of science in publishing program at New York University in the fall of 2010, and is pursuing a career in the world of online museum publications. As part of her graduate studies, Sara worked as an intern in the Digital Media Department at MoMA, where she still works as a freelance digital media producer.
Zarrah Keshwani ’09 (Neuroscience): Zarrah is pursuing a career in medicine.
Nora Krinitsky ’09 (History): Nora spent 2009-2010 as a Kress Interpretative Fellowship at the Baltimore Museum of Art. There she worked on a website based on the BMA’s permanent collection and related to the Museums and Society course “Close Looking at the BMA: ‘Rinaldo and Armida’.” She is now a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan and will be defending her dissertation during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.
Jessica Popkin ’09 (Near Eastern Studies): After leaving Hopkins, Jessica entered the graduate program in museum studies at New York University, from which she received an MA. While at NYU, she worked as an intern in the Department of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum and worked to catalogue images and information from the NYU-IFA-Yale-UPenn archaeological dig in Abydos, Egypt. She is now the student outreach coordinator at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she has connected with another M&S alum, Hannah Weinberg-Wolf.
- Class of 2008
Gillian Maguire ’08 (History): Gillian worked as a research assistant for objects within the Curatorial Department of James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, from 2008-2010, and went on to earn a master’s degree in American studies at George Washington University.
Corey Sattler ’08 (Psychology): After two and a half years as communications officer for the associate vice president of student life at the American University in Cairo, Corey returned to the United States to work on an international art project, Firefly Tunnels, which opened in Pittsburgh in September 2011. In fall of 2013, he started a graduate program in information systems management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Whitney Shaffer ’08 (History of Art): After working for two years as the development assistant at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Whitney entered law school at the University of Maryland. She chose the university because of its art and law initiative.
Kirsi Tuomanen Hill ’08 (History of Art): After graduating from Hopkins, Kirsi moved on to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she earned an MFA.
- Class of 2007
Katie Battick ’07 (History of Art): The first student to complete the minor in museums and society at Johns Hopkins, Katie went on to study in the graduate program in museum studies at George Washington University.