Advanced Academic Programs, Washington DC Center, Washington, DC

Dr. Redell R. Hearn is the Founding Director of the Department of Academic Affairs for the Mississippi Museum of Art. Just prior to this appointment, Dr. Hearn served as the Curator of Art and Civil Rights for Tougaloo College and the Mississippi Museum of Art, where she curated exhibitions and programs related to the American Civil Rights Movement, drawing on the permanent art collections of the College and the Museum. In 2016, she was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Museum Studies, at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar Senegal, where she worked with three local museums on special projects and conducted museum professional development training. Hearn earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies, a Master of Philosophy, and a Doctorate in Humanities from Syracuse University. Her dissertation, From Practice to Theory: An Exploratory Research Study of the Relevance of Museum Studies Curriculum to Museum Professionals, proposes museum studies as the recognized academic discipline for training museum professionals. Dr. Hearn has taught in the M.A. Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University since 2010 and is the Founding Director of the first graduate-level museum studies program in the state of Louisiana.

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