Appointed as Museum Futurist, American Alliance of Museums


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, African American Studies, American Studies, Yale University

Position Description

As the world’s largest museum service organization, the American Alliance of Museums is the only organization that serves and represents the interests of the entire field. It supports 24,000 museums, individuals, and companies by developing standards and best practices, providing resources and career development, and advocating for museums to thrive. Launched in 2008, the Alliance’s Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) helps museums foresee and respond to trends and events shaping the future. CFM provides news and reports, training, and consulting services related to forecasting and future studies, and initiates projects responding to important trends.

The Museum Futurist will amplify and extend the work of CFM by helping with the research and production of CFM’s intellectual resources, products, and services; creating and delivering content (written products and presentations); generating ideas for new CFM experiments; fostering relationships with outside groups; and managing projects. The particular focus of the Museum Futurist will be identifying cultural, social, and policy trends of significance to museums, and exploring their implications for the field.