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About Kiersten F. Latham

Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., is an associate professor and MuseLab director in the School of Information 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 25 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 document systems. She has done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects), user perceptions of ‘the real thing’ in museums, museums as ecological systems, and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Latham runs the experimental MuseLab--a place for thinking, doing and learning about museal things—and is heavily involved in The Document Academy.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, Kent State University
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