Students & 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. Click on a student's name for more detailed accounts of the experiences of our current students and graduates.
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 e-mail us.
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 M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2014. During the spring of 2013, she held an internship at the 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 Museum of Art from September 2013-May 2014. Sarah will begin working, in August 2014, as an Administrative Coordinator in the Education Department at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Selee Ahn '12 (History of Art): After Selee graduated from Hopkins, she attended the Master's program at Oxford University, in the UK, for History of Art 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. While a Hopkins student, Lydia started the Museum Buddies program at the Homewood Museum, which lives on under the name Museum Mentors.
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. This summer (2014) she has been supervising a group of 30 interns in the MEEP program.
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.
Katie Battick '07 (History of Art): The first student to complete the minor in Museums and Society, Katie went on to study in the graduate program in Museum Studies at George Washington University.
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.
Ryan Bender '15 (International Studies and History of Art): Ryan participated in the 2012 M&S Intersession course on Paris and has 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 has been 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 she left for a year in Paris, where she was a student at the Ecole du Louvre. She is currently an intern at The Contemporary in Baltimore and in fall 2014 she will be a curatorial intern with the BMA in the department of Contemprary 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.
Andrew Campagnolo '12 (Biophysics): Andrew attends the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily Carambelas '11 (Archaeology, 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 recently wrapped up a yearlong internship at the BMA where she worked in the conservation department. In February 2014, she began working at the Ladew Topiary Garden as an independent contractor hired to arrange their archives and perform collection management duties. She also curated a show, with the aid of Jackie O'Regan, for JHU, which focuses on the work of Dr. Gilbert Levin, who was the principal investigator of the Labeled Release Experiment on the Viking Mission to Mars. Emily plans to go back to school for a degree in art and object conservation.
Elizabeth Caris '14 (History of Art and Archaeology): Liz has spent the summers of 2013 and 2014 as a summer registrar intern at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard and doing fieldwork on the North Coast of Peru. She is currently in the middle of her Robert and Nancy Hall Fellowship at the Walters Museum where she has been working with the Art of the Americas collection. Liz has chosen to work before heading off to graduate school. She wishes to continue working in the art or natural history field, focusing on the Ancient Americas.
Nissa Cheng '14 (Classics): Nissa was awarded a Hall Fellowship to work with the curator of Islamic art at the Walters Art Museum in Fall 2013. Nissa has been hired by Sotheby’s NY into their training program and will start fall 2014. She is waiting to hear about an internship at the MET.
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 Masters of Science in Publishing program at New York University in the fall of 2010, and intends to pursue a career in the world of on-line 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.
Yana Demireva '11 (Anthropology): Yana will begin a Master's in Applied Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2013.
Dakota DeVos '11 (History of Art): Dakota received a Fulbright to study in Germany during the academic year 2013-2014, where she will pursue her M.A. in art history and museum studies. Read about her work on Museums and Society's GoogleEarth project in 2009 here. Dakota recently became the recipient of the DAAD Grant, which will help her fund her second year of research on her masters at Humboldt University, in Berlin.
Elizabeth Dowdle (Lubben) '11 (History of Science): After graduating from Hopkins, Elizabeth moved to Washington, DC, to earn her Master's degree in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, focusing in 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 M.A. 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 Masters in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College. While in London, she interned on the Tate Modern Capital Campaign and then worked full-time as a Research Assistant at the Tate Galleries. After two years in London, Pooja moved back to the United States and currently works for Fairmount Ventures, a non-profit consulting firm, in Philadelphia. Outside of her job at Fairmount Ventures, she is still involved with museums. She is a development advisor for the Museum of Food and Drink, helping them fundraise and prepare for their upcoming campaign to build the first food museum in New York City.
Kirsten Gausch '14 (History of Art): Before leaving for a semester in Paris, Kirsten worked as an intern on the Mark Dion "Archaeology of Knowledge" project, and with Museums and Society as a research intern through the Center for Educational Resources, developing teaching and research tools for an upcoming course tentatively titled "Collecting Hopkins" (stay tuned for fall 2014).
Danielle Gilbert '15: Danielle spent the summer of 2013 as a student at Mt. Vernon's Collaborative Historic Preservation Field School. She recently (2014) completed archaeological field work in Peru.
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.
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).
Courtney Harris '11 (International Studies and History of Art): Courtney recently accepted a job at the Commission for Looted Art. Her full story is here.
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 museums and interrogating their interests, motives, and reactions to the Walters' galleries and exhibits.
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.
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. In the fall of 2013, her installation of the Sonneborn collection of Judaica will be on view at Johns Hopkins Hillel. During summer 2014, Drew is the Modern Art Assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, covering the Curatorial Administrator while she is on maternity leave. She will also be teaching English in Spain this coming year while she applies to graduate school for art history, which she hopes to attend in fall 2015.
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 has been accepted into UMass Amherst’s MA in Public History Program; SUNY/Oneonta Cooperstown Graduate Program; and UNC- Greensboro’s MA in History with a Museum Studies Concentration (which she has selected).
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. Gillian began a masters program in American Studies at George Washington University in January 2011.
Molly Martell '15 (Archaeology): Molly is currently 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 assists with necropsies performed by the NMNH.
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.
Hayley Plack '11 (History of Art): As the 2011 Lytell Intern at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Hayley divided her time between Adult Programs and the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. This was ideal preparation for her current position, Assistant to the Program of Research and Center Report Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, which she has held since she graduated.
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.
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.
Rachel Pretlow '13 (Public Health, with minors also in GECA and Anthropology): Rachel will be pursuing her Masters at JHU's Bloomberg School of Public Health starting in the Fall of 2013.
Eve Rosekind '15 (History of Art): In the summer of 2014, Eve interned in the conservation department of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Read about her project here. Eve has accepted a curatorial internship at the Phillips Collection.
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.
Joseph Shaikewitz '15 (History of Art): As the first ever recipient of the Hall Grant for Museum Internships, Joseph spent the summer of 2013 at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., where he took command of a photography exhibition on portraits drawn from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg collection in addition to helping with preparations for an American art show for 2014. After his internship at the Phillips, Joseph spent a year abroad at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris where he interned at a local gallery, L'Inlassable Galerie. He is currently doing a curatorial internship at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. In the spring of 2015, Joseph will be curating an exhibition with funds through a JHU Arts Innovation Grant. For more about Joseph, read his blog here.
Kylie Sharkey '16 (Writing Seminars): Kylie recently spent Summer 2014 as an intern in the Develoment Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she worked on a "text to give" program that the PMA will launch Fall 2014. She is currently studying abroad, in Barcelona, for the fall 2014 semester on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
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 non-profit 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 currently works in a first grade classroom at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School but is keeping up with her museum and Hopkins alumni connections.
Kimberly Skerritt '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 fall 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 helps plan and provide workshops for teens and teachers to promote mobile learning throughout Smithsonian museums.
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." Emily is pursuing a museum career. She was a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History Medicine and a Curatorial Volunteer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emily is currently a research associate for the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia, until October 2014, where she is working on several exhibitions on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson. The first exhibition,"Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation," is up through the end of 2014. The next exhibition, " Jefferson, Science, and Exploration," opens in April 2015.
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 & Library. She is now heading off to pursue her Ph.D. in Italian art-history at Emory University.
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 has recently changed schools where he is now attending the New York University School of Law. He will graduate from law school in May 2015. He frequently 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, DC and became the first Center Arts intern at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. She is currently an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where she recently assisted in the production of the program Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Joan Tkacs '10 (History of Art): Joan earned a 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.
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.
Hannah Weinberg Wolf '13 (Behavioral Biology): Hannah's senior capstone installation Please Touch won a 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 M.A. through the AAP program.
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.
Nicole Ziegler '16: In 2013, Nicole interned for the Post-War and Contemporary department at Christie's Auction House along with the Gagosian Gallery in New York. She is working at the David Zwirner Gallery, in New York City, for the summer of 2014.
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