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Staff Profiles

Present Staff

Dr Karen Brown BA MPhil PhD is Director of the School of Art History’s Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Art History. She is currently overseeing several research projects relating to questions of community heritage and sustainability with particular focus on Scotland and the Global South. From 2016-2020 she is coordinating an international research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme entitled “EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.” See Karen’s profile here.

 

 

Ann Gunn BA AMA, Senior Lecturer, worked as Keeper of Art at Nottingham City Museums, Assistant Registrar at Princeton University Art Museum, the USA, and Registrar of the University of St Andrews Art Collection before joining the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 1999.  She also ran her own gallery, the South Street Gallery, in St Andrews, which specialised in contemporary Scottish art. She is Honorary Curator of the University’s Fine Art Collection. She is also Chair of Fife Contemporary, a member of the Fife Committee of the Art Fund and a mentor for the Museums Association’s professional development programme, the AMA. See Ann’s profile here.

 

 

Dr Ulrike Weiss MA PhD, Part-Time Course Convener, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2009. Previously, she had been assistant curator, then project curator at the Württemberg State Museum, Stuttgart, Blackwell Curator at the Lakeland Arts Trust, Windermere, and exhibitions curator at the History Museum, Hanover. From 2010-2014, she was Deputy Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the Exhibition “The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne, 1714-1837”, held across five museums in Hanover in 2014. In 2013, she became an elected member of the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen. See Ulrike’s profile here.

 

 

Nicole Meehan MA MLitt MLitt MA, Associate Lecturer, joined the University of St Andrews in 2016 as an Associate Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies.  Her research examines the role of the digital cultural object in the production of transcultural memory after the postdigital turn.  Nicôle has previously worked in diverse roles across the museum sector in the UK and US. She has been Head of Education at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery (University of Glasgow), managed a digitisation traineeship programme for young people at the National Galleries of Scotland and was Historic Scotland’s first Online Content Officer. During 2013-14 she was the Elsevier Fulbright Scholar in Bibliometrics which allowed her to spend a year in the US studying and finally working at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Colorado. See Nicole’s profile here.

 

Dr Agnès Bos, Lecturer, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2017. Previously Curator in the Decorative Arts department in the Louvre museum and adjunct professor at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, she is a specialist in Decorative Arts from the Middle Ages to the 17th-century, with a particular focus on Early Furniture, Textiles and Tapestries, she has also published on French medieval architecture and has a special interest in history of collection and collecting. She has curated several exhibitions and her Catalogue raisonnéof the Medieval and Renaissance furniture of the Louvre is due out in 2019. See Agnès’s profile here. 

 

 

Jamie Allan Brown BA MLitt, Project Administrator, joined the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) in the School of Art History in 2016 as Project Youth Programme Worker and Administrator for the international research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme entitled “EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.” A graduate of the school’s MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies course, his experience includes managing, coordinating youth programmes and securing funding for diverse community volunteer projects across Scotland and internationally.

 

 

Research Assistants

 

Ana Sol González Rueda BA MA PhD, Research Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2018 to support the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project. Ana has a BA in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana, MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the University of Essex and a PhD Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. Prior to starting her PhD, Ana worked as adjunct curator at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City.

 

 

John Large, Research Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2017, initially as a volunteer to support the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS bi-regional youth exchange. John is now the video creator for the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project.

 

 

 

Maria Azcoitia, Research Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2018, supporting the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project with translation.

 

 

 

Internships

 

Ashley Paul BA MLitt, MGCI Intern, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2017 to support the Community Crafts and Culture project.

 

 

 

 

Azam Caesar BA MLitt, MGCI Intern, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2017 to support the Community Heritage Scotland project.

 

 

 

Student Assistants

 

Jasmine Wilkie MA(Hons), MGCHI Student Assistant, joined the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project in 2018 as part of her MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews.  She helped to populate the online databases, conducted interviews and facilitated workshops affiliated with the project.

 

 

 

Helen Olaez, MGCI Student Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2019 to support the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project, curating the project’s Bi-Regional Youth Exchange exhibition at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.

 

 

 

Sherrill Keefe BFA BA, MGCI Student Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2018 as part of MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies to support the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project to develop the project database and bibliography. Sherrill works full time for the University’s Centre for Academic Professional and Organisational Development unit and part-time within the School of International Relations. She also is a practising artist who earned a BFA in 2D Studio Fine Arts from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute in 2014 and a BA in Classical and Sacred Music from Anderson University in 1997. Sherrill has served as an art handler and has co-curated various group art exhibitions, including the School of Divinity’s Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts 2017 group exhibition, as well as a solo exhibition and auction.

 

 

Laura Mueller, MGCI Student Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2018 to support the institute’s research and projects.

 

 

 

Thea Moe Bjøranger, MGCI Student Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2018 as part of her MA(Hons) in Art History. Thea has worked with Dr Karen Brown and Dr Catherine Spencer on the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project, researching the politics of the Venice Biennale, conducting image research, and editing online content.

 

 

 

James Rowland, MGCI Student Assistant, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2020, alongside his MA(Hons) in Art History. His assistant role works towards supporting the institute’s research, particularly in relation to the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project.