While Museums and Digital Culture students may take courses with a diversity of School of Information faculty, and up to three courses with faculty outside of the School of Information, core faculty in the Museums and Digital Culture program include:
Sara De Young is a visiting assistant professor and the Director of Visitor Experience & Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum. Previously, she served as Manager of Interpretive Materials at the Brooklyn Museum. A vocal visitor advocate, her expertise lies in crafting accessible and engaging visitor experiences and reaching audiences across platforms. She works with curators, designers, educators, technologists, and editors on all aspects of visitor experience and engagement.
Jennifer Cwiok is a visiting assistant professor and the Digital Systems Librarian at the American Museum of Natural History. She has extensive experience in metadata and digital asset management having worked on projects for Marvel Entertainment, Condé Nast, the Granger Collection, and the University of Georgia.
Iris Lee is a visiting assistant professor and the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at the American Museum of Natural History. She has expertise in archives, preservation and records management.
Elena Villaespesa is an assistant professor at Pratt SI. She was a Tate Honorary Research Fellow from 2015 to 2017 and served as Digital Analyst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was responsible for establishing and overseeing an analytics program to monitor and assess departmental channels, platforms and programs. Her research and teaching focus on digital strategy, data analysis and visualization, and user experience applied to cultural and museum sectors.
Farris Wahbeh is a visiting assistant professor and the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Before the Whitney, he was a Project Archivist in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University, and has held roles at the History Factory, Inuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and the Arts Club of Chicago, Special Collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Getty Center.
M. Cristina Pattuelli is a professor at Pratt SI. She teaches courses on Knowledge Organization, Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage, and Art Documentation. Her research focuses on the development and application of semantic technologies to art and cultural heritage. She is the founder and co-director of the Semantic Lab.
Tula Giannini is a professor at the Pratt SI, previously serving as dean of the School from 2004 to 2014. Her research focuses on digital culture and GLAM (Galleries, Archives, Libraries and Museums) and she has recently co-edited with Prof. Jonathan Bowen the book, Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research published by Springer in 2019.