Monique is an anthropologist with a career as both a scholar of museums and as a museum professional working within museums. After Monique Scott received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University in 2004, she worked for more than ten years as head of cultural education at the American Museum of Natural History.
Monique specializes in how diverse museum visitors make meaning of race and culture in museums, as well as how diverse audiences experience traditional anthropology and natural history museums as a whole, the basis for her 2007 book Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins. Her recent research focuses on the representation of Africa in contemporary art and anthropology exhibitions—exploring the dense tension between African objects as art and artifact.
At Bryn Mawr College, Monique teaches about museums in the History of Art and Anthropology Departments and is building a new interdisciplinary Museum Studies program, a model of engaged liberal arts. Monique is also a Consulting Scholar for the Africa Section at the Penn Museum, a Research Associate in Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and is on the African-American Collections Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Watch the video of her 2017 TEDxBrynMawrCollege presentation: Exhibiting the African Imaginary
Listen to her American Anthropology Podcast: Anthropological Airwaves
- Episode 4 features interviews with Monique Scott and Salam Al Kuntar about museums and how they engage with different publics through their exhibitions and programming.