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Participant Bios

Roundtable ParticipanTs

Paul Bourcier  

Mr. Bourcier is Chief Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society. For several years he has been experimenting with new approaches to collections acquisition and policy based on many of the core issues the roundtable seeks to address. Paul was the lead editor for Nomenclature 3.0, one of the museum field’s primary source documents for naming and classifying collections objects. His current work includes building more sustainable models for museum collections management. 


Benjamin Filene, PhD

Dr. Filene is Associate Professor and Director of Public History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to UNC-G, Filene was Senior Exhibit Developer at the Minnesota History Society (1997-2006). He served as lead developer on exhibitions including Open House: If These Walls Could Talk, winner of a WOW! Award for innovation and an Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History. Filene is co-editor of the collection Letting Go? Historical Authority in a UserGenerated World


Modupe Labode, PhD

Dr. Laobde is Public Scholar of African American Museums and History and Associate Professor of Museum Studies, Public History and Africana Studies at IUPUI. Dr. Labode’s research focuses on how the lived experience and interpretations of race change over time and place, how people understand the impact of history on their lives, and how they perceive themselves as agents of historical change. Her exploration of African American life and racial ideologies in the Midwest and West contributes to the larger academic project of analyzing African American life and racial formation in the United States. Prior to joining the faculty at IUPUI, Dr. Labode was the curator of history at the Colorado Historical Society.  


Masum Momaya, PhD

Dr. Momaya is a Curator at the Smithsonian Institution Pacific American Program. Dr. Momaya has 20 years of experience working for women’s rights, gender, race and class equality and social justice. Her curatorial portfolio includes two online multimedia, multilingual exhibitions; a community-based exhibition at a local museum; a solo artist exhibition; and a commissioned multiple artist, themed exhibition. Her more than 100 articles, podcasts and exhibitions have been translated into more a dozen languages. Dr. Momaya is an avid public speaker having given talks at the White House, several international conferences and numerous universities. Her work has been featured by NPR, the Associated Press, BBC News, Agence-France Presse, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, The Times of India, The Hindu, Vogue India and  


Jay Rounds, PhD

Dr. Rounds is Founders Professor of Museum Studies and Des Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History (emeritus) at University of Missouri--St. Louis as. Reflecting his diverse background, he has published research papers in a wide variety of fields, including museology, criminal justice, organizational theory, and ethnohistory. His current research focuses on the changing social role of museums and museums as places for the making of meaning. Dr. Rounds has served as Chief Curator of the California Museum of Science and Industry, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and Executive Director of the Museum of Creativity.


Gail Steketee, PhD

Dr. Steketee is the Dean of the Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Steketee has taught and conducted research on cognitive and behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. She currently conducts NIMH-funded research with colleagues at Smith College and Hartford Hospital. She has published extensively in these areas, including four books on obsessions and compulsions, three on compulsive hoarding, and numerous articles and chapters.  

Roundtable Facilitators

Trevor Jones

Rainey Tisdale

Elee Wood, PhD

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Anne Jordan

Anne is a second year Museum Studies graduate student at IUPUI. She specializes in museum education, concentrating on live interpretation techniques and accessibility. She previously worked at Colonial Williamsburg and a nature center in Decatur, Illinois and is currently an education intern at The History Museums in South Bend, IN. In between classes and internships, Anne is a substitute teacher at local schools working mainly in the special education department. Her background is in forensic anthropology, colonial history and criminology from The Ohio State University.  

Roundtable Student Participants

Katherine Rieck

Katherine is a graduate of the Museum Studies program at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Katherine holds BA degrees in English and history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to beginning graduate school, Katherine taught English and history to high school students in Tisovec, Slovakia. Her interests within museum include bringing a deeper sense of history, culture, and critical thinking skills to visitors through educational programming.


Vickie Stone

Vickie is a recent graduate of the Museum Studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She currently serves as the Exhibit Development Assistant at the Indiana Medical History Museum. Her professional interests include making museum collections active, accessible, and inclusive through database/knowledge-base system management, alternative object care practice, and collaborative curation. 


Gabriel Taylor

Gabe is entering his second year as a Museum Studies graduate student at IUPUI. His professional interests include museum education, audience engagement and evaluation, accessibility, museum ethics, transmediation and transmedia storytelling. He is currently an outreach programs intern at the Atlanta History Center. In August he will begin a year-long fellowship at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis with the research and evaluation department. He wants to work as an advocate for museum objects and audiences as he tries to connect the two through meaningful stories and experiences.


Amelia Whitehead

Amelia is a Museum Studies graduate from IUPUI. She has a concentration in collections, and has newly found an interest in research and evaluation through an ongoing project called Active Collections. Last year she was the Pittman Fellow at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in the Research and Evaluation department, as well as a collections intern at the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana. She is originally from northern Kentucky and attended the University of Louisville for her undergraduate degree.