Lisa Roberts, Adjunct Faculty

Lisa Roberts is an educator, writer, curator, and planner. She is the former director of Garfield and Lincoln Park Conservatories and previously worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Field Museum of Natural History. In 2006 she founded naturalia, inc., which provides consulting services for museums, gardens and parks. Much of her work in recent years has centered on developing unorthodox ways to help connect people to the natural world, with a special interest in artistic and technological media. She is the author of From Knowledge to Narrative: Educators and the Changing Museum as well as numerous publications about the history and philosophy of museums and museum education.

She has lectured and taught widely about a range of subjects related to the public dimension of museums. She is a Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, a member of the editorial board of the journal Museums and Social Issues and has served as an advisor to a variety of civic and community organizations. Dr. Roberts studied at the University of Chicago where she received a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy of science, master’s degree in religious studies and Ph.D. in history of culture.