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 jobs, many in museums and museum-related sectors. 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 2021
Sabrina Epstein ’21 (History of Science, Medicine, and Technology): Sabrina is a research assistant at MACPAC.
Debbie Kim ’21 (Archaeology)
Georgia Lamacchia ’21 (Archaeology)
Claire Leverenz ’21 (Anthropology)
Lily Pine ’21 (History): Lily is currently working as an analyst for The Conscious Fund.
Ariella Shua ’21 (Writing Seminars): Ariella is a Junior Associate Product Manager at Publicis Sapient.
Ian Waggoner ’21 (History of Art): Ian is an art instructor teaching fine art.
Class of 2020
Skylar Hurst ’20 (Classics): Skylar is working as a Library Assistant at Touro College.
William Meisner ’20 (History of Science, Medicine, and Technology): Currently, Gus is a teaching resident for Baltimore City Public Schools.
Elana Neher ’20 (Archaeology)
Class of 2019
Isabella Altherr ’19 (Classics): Isabella was the Nan-Pinkard Bolton intern at Homewood Museum where she led a team of high school and college students to create an exhibit on the history of Bolton Hill for elementary and middle school audiences. She also worked for several years at the Archaeology Museum. She currently works as a program assistant at Maryland Humanities, doing history and research related programming throughout the state.
Kiana Beckmen ’19 (History of Art): While a student, Kiana interned as a Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum. In her Junior year she worked on Kingsley, Connolly and Mott’s practical ethics project Housing Our Story: Archival Justice for Black Baltimore. Awarded a Mellon Arts Innovation grant for her artist’s book Human versus Infinity, Kiana subsequently crafted an installation program for it as her senior capstone. Beginning in Fall 2020, Kiana will be a Graphic Arts MFA candidate at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts.
Ella Cammarato ’19 (Archaeology):
Casey Haughin ’19 (Archaeology and History of Art): Casey Haughin worked as a Museum Assistant for three years at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. She also contributed to and co-edited the Hopkins Exhibitionist. In the summer of 2017, she attended Behind the Scenes at the Venice Biennale with the Program in Museums and Society, and traveled to Venice on a full scholarship to study the intersection of art and social activism. Outside of Hopkins, Haughin interned at the Barnes Foundation in Public Programs during the summer of 2017, and after two summers of work and research during undergrad is returning as a staff member in the lab at Santa Susana Archaeological Project. She will be attending the University of Cambridge, in fall 2019, to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Heritage Studies. Her primary research focus is the cooption of material culture from antiquity to support concepts of western identity and white supremacy, and how public programs and interpretive initiatives in museums can work to disrupt these narratives.
Sarah Linton ’19 (Sociology and Writing Seminars)
Julia Pacitti ’19 (Writing Seminars and History of Art): Julia is an account coordinator at the Brandman Agency.
Justine Pinkerton ’19 (International Studies and Near Eastern Studies): Justine is an intern at the Smithsonian institution, working on emergency preparedness for cultural heritage sites.
Jordon Poston ’19 (Earth and Planetary Sciences)
Emma Rocha ’19 (History of Art): Emma is a curatorial assistant at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Thaara Shankar ’19 (History of Art): After graduation, Thaara went to New Delhi on a Fulbright Grant to research the arts landscape in the city from Partition to the present at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.
Alana Surowiec ’19 (Archaeology and History): Alana is a Native English Instructor and Model United Nations Fellow at the Kelly Yang Project in Hong Kong.
Andrea White ’19 (History of Art)
Julia Zimmerman ’19 (History of Art): Over summer 2019, Julia worked with the Arts Students League of New York where she worked on programming around a public art program. She recently accepted a position, through AmeriCorps VISTA, helping to manage and grow an artist-in-residence program at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Art Museum.
Class of 2018
Kwame Alston ’18 (Sociology and Africana Studies): Kwame works in Human Resources at Under Armor for the Marketing, Design, Category Management, Innovation and Strategy areas.
Sydney Baker ’18 (History and History of Art): Sydney is pursuing a JD at the University of Miami School of Law.
Alex Bessette ’18 (Writing Seminars and English): Alex works locally as a writer.
Monika Borkovic ’18 (Writing Seminars): Monika is a Communications Assistant at the Johns Hopkins University.
Madelena Brancati ’18 (Archaeology and Classics)
Christian Cholish ’18 (Anthropology)
Aliya Doctor ’18 (English and International Studies): Aliya has been working in marketing and communications since graduation. She presently works at Facebook.
Monica Herrera ’18 (Neuroscience): Monica is an Admissions Counselor at the Johns Hopkins University.
Anne Hollmuller ’18 (History): Anne Hollmuller wrote an honors thesis about Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments. In Fall 2018 she started a PhD program in History and French Studies at New York University.
Samantha Igo ’18 (Writing Seminars): After graduation Samantha started a career in communications. After working for the Comptroller of Maryland as Communications and Social Media Manager, she started a position as Press Secretary and Communications Director for the campaign Mary Washington for Mayor.
Jen Nadel ’18 (History of Art): Jen is a paralegal at the publisher Wiley.
Anna Silk ’18 (International Studies): Anna is a paralegal specialist in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice.
Sherry Simkovic ’18 (English): Sherry is a study coordinator at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Samantha Smart ’18 (Archaeology): Samantha is pursuing a JD at Columbia Law School. She interned recently at the Artists Rights Society and is presently a research assistant at the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts.
Berkeley Song ’18 (Public Health Services)
Gillian Waldo ’18 (Film and Media Studies)
Sabrina Yin ’18 (History of Art, Film & Media Studies): As a student, Sabrina interned in the curatorial departments of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, where she was a Hall Fellow. Awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Sabrina researched the landscape photography of Toshio Shibata and Nasreen Mohamedi. She presently works for 1stdibs.com as an Account Executive.
Molly Young ’18 (English): As a student Molly interned in marketing at WQED in Pittsburgh and at The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, working there in public programs. Molly presently interns at the California-based publisher Counterpoint LLC.
Class of 2017
Helena Arose ’17 (Archaeology): Helena was awarded a Mellon Arts Innovation Grant in the spring of 2015 to co-produce a living history exhibition at the Homewood Museum called Conversations with the Carrolls, which brought to life the historic house’s 19th century residents and the family’s enslaved workers. From 2015 to 2017 she worked for JHU’s Archaeology Museum as an undergraduate collections assistant and after graduation she headed off to pursue an MSc in Art History: Collecting and Provenance in an International Context at the University of Glasgow.
Sarah Braver ’17 (History of Art): Sarah was awarded a Mellon Arts Innovation Grant in the spring of 2015 to co-produce a living history exhibition at the Homewood Museum called Conversations with the Carrolls, which brought to life the historic house’s 19th century residents and the family’s enslaved workers. That summer, Sarah interned at Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. as part of the Community Impact Internships Program (CIIP), a program run through the JHU Center for Social Concern. In the spring of 2016, she received another Mellon Arts Innovation Grant to co-produce What is Happening?, comprised of three interactive performance art events on campus related to climate change, cultural heritage destruction and racial inequality. The “Happenings” inspired similar endeavors at University of Alabama, University of Michigan and Iowa State University after Sarah attended the Applied Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summit on a grant from M&S. In fall 2018, she began her MA in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis.
Giannina Crosby ’17 (History)
Rebecca Friedman ’17 (History) During her time at Hopkins Rebecca interned at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the National Archives and Records Administration, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. She completed an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Since receiving her Masters Rebecca has returned to Baltimore to work as a museum educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Historic Ships in Baltimore.
Elizabeth Glass ’17 (History of Art) Elizabeth served for two years as a Gallery Teaching Intern at the Walters Art Museum. After graduating one semester early, she worked for JHU’s Alumni Relations before moving on to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She started working at DreamWorks Animation as an Executive Assistant in summer 2018.
Samantha Lindgren ’17 (Archaeology)
Allie McCoskey ’17 (Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies)
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. Taylor presently works as a sale coordinator at Christie’s.
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. She is presently an Account Director at Water & Wall Group.
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 attended Yale University’s School of Management MBA program as a Silver Scholar. She presently works as a product strategy and operations assistant manager at KLOOK in Hong Kong.
Allison Cox, ’16 (History): Ali was on the volleyball team that won the 2016-17 British Universities & Colleges Sport Championship. She graduated in 2018 from Durham University in England with a master’s in Museum & Artifact Studies. She is currently working for Sotheby’s in the European Furniture and Decorative Arts Department.
John Holt Durovsik, ’16 (History of Art): John was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow who researched museology in Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He is presently Associate Creative Director at Sparks, a brand experiential marketing company.
Grace Golden ’16 (Anthropology): In 2015, Grace was an intern with the Cultural Heritage Preservation Office at the Office of the Undersecretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian where she focused on at risk cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq. She is currently the Administrative Coordinator at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Grace is pursuing an MA in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Katie Moosic ’16 (Biomedical Engineering): Katie is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in their Biomedical Science program, focusing on pathology with a particular interest in cancer.
Emily Rodgers ’16 (Archaeology): In 2015, Emily received the Hall Curatorial Fellowship and spent a semester interning for the Curator of East Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum. She was also selected as a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow where she researched the virtual reunification of international collections using the International Dunhuang Project as a case study. After graduation, she started working as an archaeologist for a cultural resources management firm in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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. Nicole currently works at Hauser & Wirth where she has assisted on major projects including the show Arte Povera: Curated by Ingrid Goetz and art fairs such as Frieze New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, and ART021.
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 received an MA from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2016 and is presently enrolled at NYU’s School of Law.
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. Since graduation, Bianca has worked for the New York Public library in their youth art and media education programming and as a production assistant in the studios of various artists. In Fall 2017, she will begin a Masters degree at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Performance Studies. She was awarded a Departmental Fellowship for her upcoming degree which grants her a full tuition scholarship.
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. After graduating from JHU Emily started a career in finances. She is presently Director of Client Services at Ashwood Capital Management.
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 earned a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), from the University of Cambridge, in 2016, in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. In Fall 2017, she was offered the McDermott Graduate Internship for Arts of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is presently a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Oxford.
Molly (Martell) Selba ’15 (Archaeology): While at Hopkins Molly 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 was the recipient of a DURA award to conduct research alongside Curator Sanchita Balachandran in the Hopkins Archaeology Museum in 2014-15. Presently she is pursuing a PhD in anthropology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Gianna Puzzo ’15 (History of Art): Gianna was a 2013 summer intern at JHMI’s Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, where she archived family albums, letters, and original illustrations by Hopkins medical illustrator and researcher Max Brodel. She was a Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum for the summer of 2014 where she catalogued Chinese porcelain for the curatorial Department of Asian Art, and later returned as a Mellon Curatorial Intern in spring of 2015 to continue her work. During this time, Gianna also volunteered as a gallery interpreter to the Walters’ Conservation Department by presenting in-gallery treatments of Southeast Asian sculpture from the Doris Duke collection to the public. In October 2016, she began working at the Frick Collection as the Administrative Assistant to Conservation.
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. 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. She is presently a PhD candidate in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis.
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 (in Hyperallergic), 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 art museums across the country and abroad. He is currently pursuing an MA in Art History at Hunter College.
Alison Tretter ’15 (Archaeology): In the summer of 2014, Alison worked as an exhibition intern at the New York Botanical Garden and as an education volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History. During her senior year at Hopkins, Alison completed her Capstone exhibition entitled Frida Kahlo’s Indigenous Identity: Ancient Ceramics in Modern Art. The exhibition was displayed in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and compares four objects from the Museum’s ancient Americas collection with three of Kahlo’s paintings in order to highlight the artist’s personal relationship with Mexican material culture. After graduation, Alison moved to Tokyo to work as an assistant language teacher on the JET Program. While in Japan, she enjoyed writing “JETcetera,” a research-based blog about little-known aspects of Japanese daily life, ranging from spice blends to the origins of rock-paper-scissors. She received her MA from Columbia University in the City of New York in Museology/Museum Studies in 2018. Alison is currently an exhibition developer at the The National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
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. Emily is pursuing a doctorate at Emory University in the Art History department, majoring in Ancient Andean Art and minoring in the Arts of Africa. She currently works as the Curatorial Assistant of the Arts of the Americas at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
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, quickly starting a job as the Day Sale Administrator in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department. She moved into managing online sales in 2018 and started as a Business Manager in March 2019.
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 and History of Art): During her time at Hopkins, Drew interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Her installation of the Sonneborn Collection of Judaica was on view at Johns Hopkins Hillel in academic year 2013-2014. After graduating, Drew covered for the curatorial administrator at LACMA. She then moved to Madrid, Spain where she earned a Masters degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in a program called Estudios Artísticos, Literarios, y de la Cultura in 2016. While in school there, she was a graduate research intern at the Museo Nacional del Prado. She earned her Masters degree in Art History at Columbia University in 2018 and started a position as a Research Associate at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Courtney Little ’14 (History and Anthropology): As a student Courtney 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 earned her masters in History and Museum Studies at UNC- Greensboro in 2016 and is presently Museum Teacher at Burritt on the Mountain.
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. In 2019 Emily enrolled in a Curatorial Practice Masters program at the California College of the Arts and she is a Curatorial Fellow at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Class of 2013
Elise Ansher ’13 (Archaeology): Elise has worked in visitors services at Central Park Conservancy, as a school programs instructor at the Maryland Science Center, and as a UX designer for ByteCubed. She was a graphic designer and UX design consultant for many years before joining Fjord, where she is now a Senior Interaction Designer.
Talia Hughes ’13 (History of Art and Archaeology, with an additional minor in Classics): In 2012, Talia interned at the Walters Art Museum. She started in January with Kathy Nussbaum in the Education Division, and proceeded to spend the summer and fall with Jo Briggs in 18th & 19th Century Art as the Hall Curatorial Fellow. During intersession in 2013, she was a winter intern at Christie’s in New York City, in their Old Masters and 19th Century Art Department. After graduation, Talia moved to New York City and spent her first year working for artnet Auctions as an administrator. Then, she moved to Christie’s where she spent 3 years as a sale coordinator in the Impressionist & Modern Art department. Talia will receive her JD from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2020, and is presently a legal intern at Christie’s.
Olivia Novik ’13 (Classics and Archaeology): Olivia is a writer at www.olivemorgan.com.
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 is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Chicago where she studies early modern European art with a focus on the Italian Adriatic. She is working on a dissertation project that investigates the backgrounds of 15th century paintings to learn about the intersection of artistic practice and the historical environment. She has worked in museums around the country including the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., the Blanton Museum in Austin, TX, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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. She is presently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Yale University.
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): While a Hopkins student, Lydia started the Museum Buddies program at the Homewood Museum, which lives on under the name Museum Mentors. 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. Since 2016 Lydia has worked at Maryland Nonprofits where she is presently Director of Membership, Operations and Marketing.
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. She was an intern in the rights and reproduction department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Ali pursued 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). She is presently an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
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 previously worked as a 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. An important discovery she made was featured in the New York Times in April, 2017. She is now a doctoral student in American history at the College of William & Mary.
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. Emily completed a masters program in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 2018. She is presently Senior Staff in the Dams Group at Schnabel Engineering.
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. In February 2018, she helped manage the installation of the exhibit, Inventur–Art in Germany, 1943-55, at the Harvard Art Museum. Dakota was a curatorial fellow in Contemporary Art at the MFA in 2018 and is now Manager of Creative Partnerships at the Public Art Fund in New York.
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 Leigh Harris ’11 (International Studies and History of Art): Courtney is currently the Curatorial Research Fellow in Decorative Arts & Sculpture in the Art of Europe department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since arriving at the museum in November 2014, she has worked on two major loan exhibitions, Della Robbia: Sculpting Color in Renaissance Florence (2016) and Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century (2018). She contributed to the accompanying exhibition catalogues for both exhibitions. She is also curating the forthcoming exhibition Murder in Miniature: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, for the fall of 2018, as well as the exhibition Tiny Treasures for the MFA’s touring exhibition program. Previously, she held a job at the Commission for Looted Art in London, 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 received 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. Sarah briefly worked as an administrative coordinator in the Education Department of the Blanton Museum. She is presently Education Programs Manager at the Walker Art Center where she has worked since 2015.
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. She is presently a Senior Manager at Creative Strategy at Penguin Random House.
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 received her PhD in History at the University of Michigan, in 2017. From 2017 to 2019, she was the Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies in the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University. She is presently the Interim Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan.
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. Since then she has worked as the Registrar for the museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia and as Registrar at the Science History Institute. In December 2018 she started a position at the Minnesota Historical Society in their heritage preservation grants program.
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. She earned her MA in Art Education from Columbia University Teachers College in 2014 and then started working as an art teacher in New York. She presently free-lances as an artist and educator.
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. After interning at the Smithsonian and working at GW’s Special Collections Research Center Katie started a job at Glenwood Systems LLC where she is presently the Executive Assistant to the CCO.