Museology Master of Arts Program

Theses and Projects

Class of 2020

Benn, S. Mapping Truths: Reflecting a Community

Berliner, J. To Carve Out Space: Transgender Visitors’ Experiences in Museums 

Bramble, C. Professional Self-Efficacy in Museum Educators

Brenner, S. Decolonizing Natural History Museums Through Volunteer Engagement

Burnette, S. Interpreting Hybridity: A Decolonizing Analysis of Museum Interpretation Strategies

Connelly, D. Designing and Deploying an Open Source Exhibit Kiosk

Crump, A. Visitor Perceptions of Snowboard and Ski Culture at the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum

Dickinson, S. Now You See Me: The Emotional Impact of Visible Labs on Museum Staff

Esterly, P. Beyond the Hot Shop: Glass in a Digital Age An Exhibition

Gomez, R. Youth of Color Curatorial Program: Curating The Healing Power of Plants: A Deeper Look at Indigenous Medicine

Hamby, L. Engagement and Action Through Community Co-Curation: Developing Finding Balance: Carbon Storylines 1.1

Hardin, E. Trying to Engender A Culture of Support: Coping Mechanisms for Empathy Burnout for Museum Interpreters

Johnson, L. Exploring the Relationship Between Empathy for Animals and Environmental Self-Efficacy in Zoo and Aquarium Visitors

Kifle, A. Understanding Feelings of Inclusion and Exclusion for Black and Brown Students in Museums

Lamble, M. Historical Thinking Through Historical Doing: The Impact of Wearing Armor on Visitor Thinking in Arms and Armor Galleries

Makinster, H. Understanding How Museum Visitors Perceive Antiquities Repatriations

Mason, B. A Plate at the Potluck: Sharing Food and Immigrant Stories

McCulloch, B. Connecting History to Community A Framework for Permanent Exhibits at the ASUW Shell House

Mendenhall, J. On Party Business: A Manual for Managing Private Events at Small Museums

Nesbit, A. Growing Social Media in Small Museums: Raising Organizational Awareness

Norgon, K. Stories of Our Nuclear Past and Present: Creation of Interactive Visualizations through Engagement with Downwinder Communities

Riley, D. Decision-Making at the Executive Level: How Boards of Trustees and Search Firms Hire Art Museum Executive Directors

Romero, M. Developing an Online Evaluation Capacity Building Course for Bellevue Arts Museum

Rommel, G. Examining the Small History Museum’s Impact on Place Identity

Rova-Chamroeun, F. Decolonizing the Narrative: Preserving Oral History in a Diasporic Community

Sailors, E. Confronting Stigma: The Museum’s Role in Suicide Prevention

Sakowski, D. Exploring Climate Change and Community Engagement in the Museum

Smith, M. Supporting Religious Literacy through Interpretive Planning at the Northwest African American Museum

Sun, S. What Asian Caregivers Observe About Their Children’s Learning During a Visit to the Children’s Museum

Ter-Kazarian, K. Influence of an Art Museum Visit on Individuals’ Psychological and Physiological Indicators of Stress

Wegmeyer, L. Where the Wild Things Learn: Creating a Junior Ranger Book for Mammoth Cave National Park using Informal and Environmental Education Best Practices

Wolf, B. Modern Approaches to NAGPRA

Yates, G. Connecting Generations: A Toolkit for Children’s Museums to Engage with Retirement Communities

Class of 2019

Allen, C. When A Museum Decides to Stop Charging for Admission

Andrew, J. Including Indigenous Voices in Local History Museums

Anthony, K. Food for Thought: Modernizing Food Programs in Historic House Museums

Carter, E. Healing historic wounds: inclusion in exhibits at state history museums

Claudio, N. Come here often? Nonfrequent visitor perceptions of art museums

Cordes, S. Washington Library Association Historical Archives Exhibit

Cote, E. Blackfish in Crisis: Advocating for an Endangered Population Using Data Visualization and Social Media

DeFranco, M. Capability: A Meditation on Gun Culture and Gun Violence in the United States

Dunne, B. Feature this: understanding Instagram story’s role in museum marketing

Feeney, T. Preserving Voices: Creating Custom Metadata for Oral Histories

Ford, J. Preservation of Digital Motion Pictures in Museums

Friesen, G. Museums and Sanctuary Spaces: Staff responses to community crisis

Green, J. Cultivating Emotional Wellbeing: Museums & Art Therapy

Howes, S. Gloves on! A study of supervisor support for collections volunteers

Johnson, K. Human resource management in small-staff museums : a case study approach

Kaku, K. Between Time and Memory: Creating a Dementia Programming Toolkit for the Museum of Flight for the exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission”

Moore, A. Engaging New Audiences through Community-Sourced Curation: Curating Hero’s Feast

Morrison, S. In pursuit of connection: exploring visitors’ empathy in culturally-centered museums

Pfaltzgraff, H. Closing the gap: identifying leadership strategies used by women in the museum field

Regelein, R. A Digital Collections Plan for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Roberts, V. Engaging Community through Native Plant Gardens at Small Heritage Museums:” Creating an Interpretive Plan for the Log House Museum Native Plant Garden

Stockham, C. There’s a museum for that? Defining new pop-up experiential exhibition spaces

Svgdik, D. If this was just a museum: employee emotional wellbeing at trauma site museums

Wiley, E. Place in space: what moving means for a museum’s identity

Winkowski, S. Burke at Work: Illuminating Use and Value of Natural History Collections

Class of 2018

Bacon, S. Vegetables in the Ice Cream: An Educational Escape Room for the Museum of Flight.

Ball, T. “Pass the Mic”: Perceptions of Museum-Community Collaborative Exhibit Development.

Bennett, C. Exploring Characteristics of Family Engagement Strategies Implemented Within Art Museum Exhibitions.

Bottoms, W. Connecting Object to Story in Historical House Museums.

Bowden, E. Curating Topophilia: Exploring Personal and Emotional Connections in Contemporary Art.

Bridy, J. A Collection Management Policy for the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center and a Collector’s Code of Conduct.

Cantrell, E. Youth Self–Efficacy & the Art Museum Open Studio.

Carroll, L. Designing for Dance: An Experimental Exhibit Design for an Art Museum.

Cruz-Uribe, T. Rethinking Centralization: Innovation In Early Soviet Avant-Garde Museology.

Dirk, G. Do It Off Broadway: Exploring the Politics of Diversity and Inclusion in Museums Through Risk, Advocacy, and Queer Experience.

Dratel, S. “An Immersive Journey:” Analyzing the Use of Survivor Testimony in Holocaust Museums.

Dudzik, B. Visitor Perceptions of Augmented Reality in Science Museums.

Dugdale, K. Good Vibes, Interesting History: Teen Programs in Museums.

Fisher, J. Cultivating Creativity: Understanding Visitor Perceptions of Creativity in Art Museum Exhibits.

Forsberg, B. The Bully Pulpit on Display: How Presidential Libraries Present Presidential History.

Gagnon, A. STEM Programs for Girls: Making Them Last.

Gregg, H. Taking Control: How to Turn a Personal Collection into a Functioning Museum.

Harmon, A. Articulating Loss: Quantifying Skeletal Incompleteness in Natural History Collections.

Korsmo, E. “Not really so primitive as one might be led to believe”: Interpreting Early Seattle Dress.

Longstaff, A. Documenting Fossil Preparation in the Third Dimension: 3D Scanning and Printing the Tufts-Love T. rex Skull.

Low, M. Illuminating Nature: Designing a Wayside Exhibit to Promote Public Engagement in Trillium Community Forest.

Maldonado, P. Hablemos de Arte: Bilingual Spanish/English Family Programs in Art Museums.

McGee, M. The Collections Connection: Understanding the Attitudes of Participants in Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tours.

Merryman, M. Designing an Online Exhibit for Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

Morales, S. E., Strengthening the Roots: Culturally Responsive Museum Education.

Mosher, C. Finding Clarity in Collaboration: Practitioner Perspectives of Collaborative Exhibition Development.

Reed (LaRue), Nicole, Understanding Visitor Happiness in Museums.

Rhinehart, A “Remember When We…?”: Personal Memory in Family Visits to History Museums.

Sakai, M., Culturally-Specific Museums: Who Are They For? Translating Missions to Messages.

Saunders, M. Out of the Box: Building an Educational Loan Kit for the Burke Museum.

Sundermeyer, J. A thesis on the authenticity and preservation of functionally-used objects.

Tomczuk, E. From Exhibit to Action: The Impact of Museum Experiences on Visitors’ Social Justice Actions.

Wood, C. Visitor Trust When Museums Are Not Neutral.

Class 2017

Aesquivel, C. Reduced Admission: Benefits and Challenges for Children’s Museums.

Alvey, E. Gone haunting: Exploring the Use of Mission-Based Ghost Tours in Historic House Museums.

Banquer, L. Transforming Spaces: A Decolonizing Approach to Collections Stewardship at the Burke Museum.

Bishop, M. Inspire: Understanding Scent Inclusion in Museum Settings.

Brown, G. It’s Dangerous to go Alone: Understanding How Museums Preserve and Exhibit Video Games.

Colbert, L. A, Practice-based Perspectives on the Interpretive Planning Process.

Cooper, C. More Than Two-Spirit: Queer Indigenous Sovereignty and Survivance in Museums.

Crew, H. Social Value in Museums and Funding Priorities.

Dawson, K. Playing the Game: Understanding the Gender Gap in Art Museum Directorships.

Dumaine, J. Picturing Museums: Creating a Picture Book for Woodland Park Zoo.

Filo, B. The Intersection of Museums and Social Justice.

Gausch, K. Museum Professionals’ Numinous Experiences: Exploring their Nature and Influences.

Gorton, A. Is Wall Color Significant to Museum Visitors? Exploring the Impact Wall Color in an Exhibit has on the Visitor Experience.

Greutert, M. Exploring Sculpture Conservation in Seattle.

Harriel, K. (Dis)Connected: Curating A Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Kirkland Arts Center.

He, S. Responding to Funding Cuts as a Government-funded Museum.

Janssen, R. Understanding Accessibility at the Seattle Art Museum.

Jaramillo, S. Talking with Tweets: An Exploration of Museums’ Use of Twitter for Two-Way Engagement.

Kale, C. Preserving the Past Together: Cultural Resource Management, Collections Management Professionals, and the Accessibility of Archaeological Collections.

Kopelva, S. Redefining and “Re-presenting” Native American Collections and Curatorial Practice.

Martin, M. Making Technology Work for the Museum: Using Machines to Cut Ethafoam Storage Containers.

Martinko, M. Examining Children’s Historical Thinking in Hands-On History Spaces.

Mayne, M. Building Human Stories: Understanding the Role of Objects in Designing Authentic Experiences for Visitors to Living History Museums.

McChesney, M. Youth Perspectives on the Impact of Museum Programs on Self-Efficacy.

Mercier, G. Differential Concerns: Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Visitation from the Mental Models of Museum Visitors and Non-Visitors.

Monagle, T. It’s All Greek to Me: How Museums Use Language to Connect to Community.

Nagata, M. A Museum in Context: Understanding the Practice of Independent Pop-Up Museums.

Novick, K. What’s the Fuss?: Deaccession and Disposal of International Outfits and Garments at the Renton History Museum.

Rotwein, G. Who Are Art Exhibitions For?: An Investigation into Narrative Choice and Public Reaction in Art Museums.

Salthouse, C.  A Gateway to Inclusion: Understanding the Structure of Autism Early Open Events in Museums.

Terasaki, S. Adopt-an-Object: Reaching Donors through Personalized Fundraising.

Townsend, R. Alternative Voices: Exploring Museums’ Use of Technology-Based Contributory Visitor Experiences.

Wessells, E. Exploring International Repatriation between U.S. Museums and First Nations in Canada.

Williams, T. More than Just a Novelty? Museum Visitor Interactions with 3D Printed Artifacts.

Winslow, M. Pushing the Needle: Object Based Museum and Source Community Collaboration.

Class of 2016   

Aldenhuysen, C. Food for Thought: Emergence of Food-Based Historical Museum Walking Tours.

Baird, B. Responsible Tourism for the New Museum: An evaluation of offsite museum travel programs.

Benson, A. Recovering from Natural Disasters: Helping Museum Employees Return to Workplace Normalcy.

Brandell, G. Dialogue for Public Engagement.

Brenner, B. Does Music Matter to Museum Visitors?: Understanding the Effect of Music in an Exhibit on the Visitor Experience.

Buckner, J. How Can We Talk About It?: Disrupting Heteronormativity Through Historic House Museums.

Clair, M. The Social Justice and Societal Impact of Public Programs in House Museums.

Dawes, S. Looking Through Glass: Understanding Visitor Perceptions of Visible Storage Methods in Museums.

Dennis, V. Collections Management for an All-Volunteer Organization.

Fronczak, R. Curating Secrets Can…Exploring the Potential for Interactive and Emotional Exhibits.

Harmsen, R. Warts and All: The Representation and Interpretation of War in Museums.

Hayes, J. Creating Discomfort: Exploring the Use of Emotional Immersive Experiences to Address Social Issues in Museums.

Holden, C. Collaborative Change: A Survey of Collaborations in Museums to Address Social Issues.

Januszewski , C. Exhibiting Community: Using Collected Interviews in a Small Interactive Exhibit.

Kelley, D. Play On: The Importance of Adult-Only Play Events at Children’s Museums.

Kleinpass, P. Saving Space: Exhibit Design in Small Spaces.

Lewis, K. The Impact of Socially Conscious Art Exhibitions: A Case Study of Art AIDS America.

Li, X. Emergence of Special Art Exhibits in Shopping Malls in Shanghai.

Loesser, G. Analyzing Visitor Perceptions of Personalization in Art Museum Interactive Technology.

Lopez, J. Through the Glass: A Glimpse into the Management of Visible Labs.

Mandeltort, M. It’s Only Temporary: Public Art and the Museum.

Martinez, P. Current Science in Museums and Science Centers.

McCauley, B. Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Decision-Making about Acquisitions at Community Historical Organizations.

Miller, J. Roles and Responsibilities of Digital Engagement Managers in Contemporary Art Museums.

Reichelt, M. Big Data Development: A Tool for Interpreting Institutional Impact.

Robinson, M. Don’t Forget to Play…Examining what Play looks like in Museums for Adult Visitors.

Rosendale, K. Stories Between Each Line: An exploration of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park — Seattle Unit’s collections as the Artist-in-Residence.

Rzemien, M. Assessing Historical Thinking at a State History Museum.

Scharon, C. Long-Term Impacts of a Museum School Experience on Science Identity.

Simone, A. Empathy and Its Potential in Museum Practice.

Talpos, P. Culture You Can Drink: What Can Museums Learn from Brewery Tours?

Vilendrer, S. Abortion? Abortion! Abortion.: Destigmatizing Abortion through Storytelling.

Young, S. So We Beat On: How Native Interpreters at Living History Museums Experience Racial Microaggressions.


Class of 2015

Barber, G. Curating Imaginature: A Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Kirkland Arts Center.

Beliveau, J. Audio Elements: Understanding Current Uses of Sound in Museum Exhibits.

Bennett, A. In Sickness and in Health: Museum Programming for People with Life-Threatening Illness.

Clifton, W. Beyond Human: Animals, Aliens, and Artificial Intelligence.

Goss, A. Managing Education Collections: The Care/Use Balance in Natural History Museums.

Greenslit, J. Museums Connect: The Next Chapter of International Collaboration.

Hightower, J. Trailblazing the Concrete Jungle: Museums Utilizing Interpretive Nature Trails in Urban Communities.

Johnson, B. Engaging with space in human rights and memorial museums.

Klein, D. The Art of War: Examining Museums’ Art Therapy Programs for Military Veterans.

Lamar, K. Impacts of Art Museum-Based Dementia Programming on the Participating Care Partners.

Lopez, A. Emotions at Play: Assessing Emotional Responses of Teenagers After They Play “Papers, Please.”

MacDowell, J. History Buff: Understanding the Goals of Physical Activity Programs and Exhibits at History Museums.

Matson, K. Entrusting Collections: Exploring a Process for Held in Trust Collections.

McCreery, F. Interpreting Incarceration: How Historical Prison Museums are Addressing the Social Aspects of Criminal Justice.

Mele, A. Now You See It! A History of Art about Slime Molds: An Exhibit for the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Messenger, L. Location Aware: Museum Mobile Applications as an Interpretive Tool.

Nowell, K. An Interpretive Master Plan for the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse.

Oates, A. Evidences of Learning in an Art Museum Makerspace.

Olivo, S. Rocking the Boat: Exhibition Methods of Storytelling the Experience of Gender and Sexual in Museums.

Ridenour, H. Interpretive Planners and Institutional Change in Art Museums.

Roth, E. Food For Thought: Assessing Visitor Comfort and Attitudes toward Carcass Feeding at the ABQ BioParkZoo.

Rozyn, K. The Comfort in Being Sad: Memorial, Museum, and Kurt Cobain.

Rudrud, E. Does Money Matter? Visitor Awareness and Perception of Museum Funding Models.

Smith, B. Art Museums, School Visits and Critical Thinking: A Case Study of Programmatic Strategies.

Smith, J. Road Signs: A Preservation, Restoration, and Operation of Museum Vehicles Best Practices Toolkit for LeMay—America’s Car Museum.

Strasner, S. #SocialMedium: A Summative Evaluation.

Taggart, S. Art in the Park: Designing an Artist in Residency Program for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Walsh, A. Approaching the Limitless: The Sustainability of Art-Collecting Institutions of the Pacific Northwest.

Ye, Z. International Traveling Exhibitions: Comparison of Two Case Studies from China.

Yeaman, T. Daring to be Dramatic: An Examination of the Live Interpretation of Slavery at Two Living History Museums.