Museum Education Research Area:

A specialized field devoted to developing and strengthening museums' role as public institutions

Published Faculty:

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Theresa Coble, Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education

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Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Lewis-Harris received her M.A. and Ph.D.in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her current research explores the role of indigenous culture and arts in the development of adolescent migrant student's identities and learning within education systems and extra-local communities. She is particularly interested in the function of independent "culture  schools" found in urban environments as they often support performance and traditional arts groups while introducing young people to their indigenous cultural history.
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Laura M. Westhoff, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Westhoff, joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty in 1999 and is jointly appointed in the History Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She has served as co-author and lead historian on several Teaching American History grants. She is on the editorial board for the Women and Social Movements website and the Magazine of History published by the Organization of American Historians and is a frequent presenter at history workshops and colloquia for teachers. Her current research focuses on mid-twentieth grassroots democracy and is tentatively titled, "Educating for Activism." She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three sone...