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About Kiersten F. Latham

Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science (LIS) at Kent State University where she has developed and teaches the specialization in museum studies from an LIS perspective. In addition to academic work, she has worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for more than 20 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer and consultant. Her research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects — especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation and spirituality — and the conceptual foundations of museums as knowledge systems. Presently, she is studying museum user perceptions of “the real thing” in museums and museums as ecological systems. She has done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects) and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document. In addition to teaching and research, Latham runs the MuseLab, a place for thinking, doing and learning about museal things, on the third floor of the University Library.


Present Assistant Professor, Kent State University

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