School of Art + Art History

Museum Studies

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Dr. Porchia Moore
Department Head & Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Dr. Porchia Moore received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science and the McKissick Museum Management program. The recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership Librarian fellowship, she is a museum visionary and activist-scholar who employs Critical Race Theory to interrogate museums and other cultural heritage spaces. Her research examines the intersections of race, community, technology and social media, and inclusion in museums. 

A Regular Contributing Writer and Project Advisor for the Incluseum, her writing and research is used as training and learning materials at museums across the country. She is the co-creator of The Visitors of Color project; a national counternarrative project recognized by the American Alliance of Museums as a resource on DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access) which seeks to highlight and share the lived experiences, insights, and reflections on modern museums from marginalized citizens. 

She has served as advisor to numerous national museum projects including MASS (Museums as Site for Social) Action with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Museums and Race. She served as consulting curator at the Columbia Museum of Art and curated the rotating African American art gallery, “Spoken”.  

Dr. Moore has served on numerous boards such as Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art (where she served as the first ever Inclusion Catalyst), Museum Education Roundtable, and Women and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, in addition to serving on a multitude of advisory and planning committees including the South Carolina Federation of Museums, Museum Computer Network, and more. 

Dr. Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Dr. Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas is a critical geographer with research and teaching expertise on difficult heritage and places of terrorism, broadly defined.

Her research program explores the evocative power of places of difficult heritage to cultivate public emotion and generate a collective sense of community in the wake of traumatizing events. She is particularly interested in the pedagogical power of heritage landscapes to advance or impede social change. Drawing on anti-racist, queer, and feminist theories of intersectionality, affect, and emotion, her work on heritage landscapes critically interrogates dominant narratives of cultural memory and questions of historical justice.

She has conducted research at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, with additional community partnerships at other important sites of terror, underway.

Her work appears in artist catalogues and journals, including: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Emotion, Space and Society; GeoHumanities: Space, Place, and the Humanities; Human Geography: A New Radical Journal; and Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, among other venues. She is also co-editor of Affective Architectures: More-than-representational Geographies of Heritage (Routledge 2020) and is currently co-editing an International Handbook for Routledge’s Museum & Heritage Studies Series. Jacque’s book monograph: Affective Heritage and the Politics of Memory after 9/11: Curating Trauma at the Memorial Museum has just been released from Routledge.

Jacque is an interdisciplinary scholar and has held previous academic appointments in American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Peace Studies.

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