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Phyllis Hecht is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies program. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University since 2005 and her research focuses on best practices and innovative use of technology in the museum field. Ms. Hecht co-edited The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, an anthology on museums and technology. She has published papers and participated in international panels on topics of museums and technology, building online community, and current practices in digital curation. In 2012 Ms. Hecht was the recipient of a research grant from The Benjamin and Rhea Yeung Center for Collaborative China Studies to form partnerships between museum professionals, educators, and students in the U.S. and China. She has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museum’s Committee on Museum Professional Training (now Museum Studies Network) and the Media and Technology Committee, as well as the advisory board of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: Museum Edition.

Ms. Hecht has more than 25 years of museum experience, and prior to Johns Hopkins University, worked at the National Gallery of the Art in Washington, D.C., as manager of the museum’s website and as an award-winning designer of print and web publications.

Ms. Hecht received a BS in Journalism and a BA in Art History from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from George Washington University.

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