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Emily Stokes-Rees, PhD, is Director of the School of Design at Syracuse University and the Iris Magidson Endowed Professor of Design Leadership. In addition to a doctorate in Museum Anthropology, Emily is a museum professional with close to 20 years of experience in a variety of positions, from exhibition development and interpretation to education and collections management. Her research centers on museums as agents for social change, asking: how can we use innovative interdisciplinary approaches to collections in order to increase the impact museums have on the people and communities around them? Recent publications include a book on postcolonial museums in East Asia (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019) and a number of journal articles on museums across Asia, Canada, and the US. At Syracuse, Emily teaches courses on Cultural Heritage Preservation, Museum Fundraising and Development, Curatorship, and Interpretation.


Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, D.Phil, University of Oxford

Award Date: Nov 24 2007

Public History, MA, University of Waterloo

Award Date: May 30 1999

History and Philosophy, BA (Hons), Queen's University Kingston

Award Date: May 15 1997

External positions

Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College (Cabot House) and Lecturer on Anthropology

Aug 1 2012Jul 1 2014

Haffenreffer Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology, Brown University

Aug 1 2010Jun 30 2012


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