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Adjuncts and Associates

Adjunct Staff

Lynne G. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Dr. Goldstein is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She has taught in Museum MA programs at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a North American archaeologist with active Great Lakes research programs, and is an expert in repatriation issues. She provides ongoing assistance and collaboration at a programmatic level in the Division of Anthropology.

G. William Monaghan, Ph.D.
Dr. Monaghan is a geologist and geoarchaeologist with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, where he holds the position of Senior Research Scientist. He collaborates regularly on both field and other research projects, participates in proposal preparation, is a co-PI on the Synthesis of Landscape Evolution, Human Use, and Management of Site 20LU115, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan, Midwest Archaeological Center, Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU), U.S. National Park Service. He specializes in issues of geomorphology, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental change, and site taphonomy.

Helen P. Pollard, Ph.D.
Dr. Pollard is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology and specializes in Mesoamerican and South American archaeology, particularly the origins of state level organization. Both Dr. Pollard and her students work with our collections of ceramics from these regions, identifying and organizing them for appropriate curation. She additionally performs a vital function in identifying Middle and South American artifacts for the public.

Ethan Wattrall, Ph.D.
Dr. Wattrall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of MATRIX. He specializes in digital archaeology and heritage, Heritage studies, and Predynastic Egyptian archaeology, with interests in Pseudoarchaeology and Public and Community Archaeology. He works closely in museum studies applications across the social sciences and humanities, and is an expert in identification of Near and Middle Eastern and northern African objects.

Research Associate

Alan F. Arbogast, Ph.D.
Dr. Arbogast is a Professor in the Department of Geography, specializing in dune geomorphology, landscape evolution, and geoarchaeology, particularly as they relate to paleoenvironmental change. Dr. Arbogast collaborates regularly on both field and other research projects, participates in proposal preparation, and is a co-PI on the Synthesis of Landscape Evolution, Human Use, and Management of Site 20LU115, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan, Midwest Archaeological Center, Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU), U.S. National Park Service.


Adjunct Staff

Susan J. Bandes, Ph.D.
Bandes is Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Michigan State University. She received her MA and PhD degrees from Bryn Mawr College, specializing in Roman Baroque painting. She served as Director of MSU’s Kresge Art Museum (now the Broad Art Museum) from 1986 until 2010 where she curated numerous exhibitions and wrote many catalogues. She has developed exhibitions at the MSU Museum and coordinates the Curatorial Practices course in the MSP that annually produces exhibitions that feature the collections of the MSU Museum and the Broad Museum. She also contributes to building stronger ties for MSU Museum staff and students to the museum.

John Beck
Director, Labor Education Program, Associate Professor, and Associate Director, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (MSU), Beck will continue his research and education work with the activities associated with "Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives," a cooperative project of the MSU Museum and MSU Labor Education Program arising out of a common in the artistic traditions of workers and in workplaces as contexts for the expression of workers culture. This program was honored in 2003 with a MSU All-University Excellence in Diversity Award.

Joanna Bosse, Ph.D.
Bosse is Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, MSU. She is an ethnomusicologist and dance ethnographer. She has conducted fieldwork in dancehalls in the Midwestern United States, studying the performance of couple dance genres like salsa, swing, tango, and ballroom. Her work on popular culture involves the relationship between music and dance as well as the dynamics of affinity groups, cross-cultural encounters, and amateur performance. Her research on whiteness, race, and performance. She has served on the Michigan Traditional Arts panel for the Michigan Heritage Awards and the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards. She also serves as an advisor to the MTAP as well as the Great Lakes Folk Festival where she also is often a presenter. 

Howard Bossen, Ph.D.
Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism. He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. Over the last eight years he has worked with the MSU Museum on a number of collection development and exhibition projects, most notably: Detroit Resurgent; Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints, Eighteen, an exhibition by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir; An Extraordinary Document of Our World with photographs by Perrin; On Death and Horses and Other People, an exploration of Czech Carnival by photographer Marketa Luskacova; and The Radiation Mask Series, a photographic installation piece by Swedish photographer Magnus Westerborn. He will continue to work on photographic collection development and exhibition projects.

Sally Helvensten Gray, Ph.D.
Helvenston Gray has served as an associate professor in the Dept. of Art & Art History since 2007, previously serving in the Dept. of Human Environment and Design since 1985. Before coming to MSU she was on the faculty at Kansas State University. She has been a member of Costume Society of America since 1975, has served the society in leadership positions at both the regional and national level and is currently Editor in Chief of Dress, the scholarly journal of the Society. In May 2010 she assumed the presidency of CSA. Other professional organizations which she serves include the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Textile Society of America, and the American Studies Association. As an adjunct, Helvenston Gray works with the MSU Museum’s dress collection. Her work has included research on the Warren Featherbone Collection and the Jennie Haner Collection. Having served as the curator of the ATD collection, Helvenston Gray will continue to be a resource as that collection is merged with the Museum’s dress collection.

Heather Howard, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, Anthropology Dept., MSU, Howard’s research examines the processes through which authoritative forms of knowledge identity, responsibility, and choice are produced, how these structures gendered and racialized inequalities, and are historicized, contested, and reconfigured in culture, social service, and healthcare delivery organizations.  Indigenous people and urbanization is a central focus of her research, in which she examines the evolution of urban Indigenous epistemologies of community, including authority-making structures, and the production of knowledge itself as a dynamic process which intervenes in the production of politics, ethical practice, and the social order. Howard regularly uses MSU Museum cultural collections in her teaching and has collaborated with cultural history staff on on arts and health research projects.

Isaac Kalumbu, Ph.D.
Ethnomusicologist and musician Kalumbu serves as the program manager for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University (MSU). As program manager, Dr. Kalumbu is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the program at MSU. In 1997, Dr. Kalumbu joined MSU’s College of Music where he taught courses on African American, Caribbean, and African popular music. Kalumbu has served as an advisor for music programming at the Great Lakes Folk Festival and has participated in humanities education workshops of the MSU Museum.

Candace Keller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of African art and culture, Department of Art and Art History, Keller will provide continued consultation on cultural collections (especially African) and work closely with the MSU Museum cultural history staff to strengthen research and teaching use of the collections. Her recent research centers on the histories of photographic practice in Mali, West Africa, which is the subject of her forthcoming book Imaging Culture: Photography in Mali, West Africa (Indiana University Press, 2017) and has working with MSU Museum cultural history staff on the development of the NEH grant which is providing major support for the project. She has also been in discussions on an exhibition at the MSU Museum drawn from her research in Mali.

Jon Keune
Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions, Department of Religious Studies, and an Adjunct Curator at the MSU Museum, Keune is a specialist in Devotional Hinduism (bhakti), social history, caste and reform, medieval Marathi literature, modern Buddhism in India, Hindu-Christian encounter, construction of religious traditions, historiography. His main field of research is in west-central India, where he lived for several years, and he has comparative interests in central Europe and East Asia. He has been part of the leadership team for the MSU Museum/Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) Partnership that was formally launched in 2015. The collaboration involves staff exchanges, museum staff development activities, consultations, and facilities planning. These activities are being supported in part by the new MSU Museum Heritage of India Endowment. John has been an active user of the BORI collections.

Clare Luz, Ph.D.
Luz is an assistant professor in the Geriatrics and Gerontology Program, MSU College of Human Medicine. Her primary area of research is in long-term care health services. Additional areas of interest include aspects of functional health and long-term care that have an impact on optimal aging for vulnerable older adults such as falls and assistive devices, dementia, hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, person-environment fit, and the intersection of art, culture and medicine. She has been active with the MSU Museum in a variety of projects connecting arts and health – served as a consultant to the museum’s ElderheART program, is a co-curator of the Arts and Health program area of the Great Lakes Folk Festival, has helped build collections of arts and health materials, and is co-author with two MSU Museum staff on Quilts and Health (forthcoming Indiana University Press, 2017).

Dylan Miner, Ph.D.
Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (MĂ©tis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of the American Indian Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Miner is also a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective, and on the board of the Michigan Indian Education Council. Miner has used MSU Museum cultural collections in his teaching, has worked closely with the MSU Museum on a curated program at the Great Lakes Folk Festival and, over the past year, has been in discussions with cultural history staff on ways to strategically and collaboratively advance collection development, education, research activities with the MSU Museum that would engage and support indigenous faculty, students, and community members.

Dean Rehberger, Ph.D.
Rehberger is the Director of MATRIX, the Interim Chair of Sociology, and also Associate Professor in the Department of History at MSU. Dean specializes in developing digital technologies for research and teaching. He has run numerous faculty technology and workshops and given presentations for educators and cultural heritage workers from local, national and international audiences. Dean oversees MATRIX project planning, research and development, and coordinating many of the grant-funded projects for the center. His primary areas of research include: high performance computing and big data; digital history, humanities, and social sciences; digital libraries, museums and archives; Internet technologies in the classroom; and hybrid learning environments. Rehberger teaches course for a variety of courses at MSU for History and Museum Studies.  Rehberger, has worked on a variety of digital humanities projects with the MSU Museum and has played major roles on the Quilt Index, Michigan Stained Glass Survey, Alliance for African Partnerships, Oral History in A Digital Age, and the recent NEH-funded project to digitize and make accessible the images and data on the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Diana Rivera
A staff member in the area of MSU Special Collections and Preservation, MSU Library. She also leads the Chicana/o Studies-Ethnic Studies where she is a bibliographer. She has been long-time advisor to the Michigan Traditional Program and the folklife and cultural heritage activities of the MSU. In recent years, she and her family established the Mexican American Culture Endowment Fund in memory of Pedro Rivera, DO at the MSU Museum. She continues to provide counsel for Mexican American programming for the museum with a focus on community engagement and education—including support of a new lecture series that will be presented in 2017-18.

Chris Scales, Ph.D.
Scales is an ethnomusicologist whose research and teaching interests include North American indigenous music, Southern Appalachian music, music and technology, intellectual and cultural property, and the North American popular music industry. His recent research focuses on contemporary Northern powwow culture and musical creation both on the powwow grounds and in Aboriginal recording studios, specifically engaging the effects of technology and mass mediation on powwow performance aesthetics. An active musician, he also performs southern Appalachian music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, as well as Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe, playing mbira dzavadzimu. Scales has worked as a music consultant for and presenter at the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, as coordinator of the Old Time Music Jam at the GLFF, and as a panelist for the MI Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Scales and members of the MSU Museum cultural history staff are in discussions about additional RCAH and MSU Museum collaborations.

Alicia Sheill   
Alicia Sheill is Center Manger and Associate Director at MATRIX. She oversees MATRIX operations and does project management for technical work on a series of digital humanities projects, including ones that are collaborative with the MSU Museum - The Quilt Index, Michigan Stained Glass Census, and Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey. She holds a certification in Michigan State University’s Research Administration program.

Laura Smith, Ph.D.
Smith is an art historian with specializations in North American arts, Native American arts, and photography. Her recent research has focused on modern and contemporary Native American art, but she teaches a broad range of courses in the arts of the Americas. As a curator, artist, collections manager, and teacher, she has engaged the research, care, and/or exhibition of artworks since 1993. Smith regularly uses the MSU Museum cultural collections in her research and teaching. She has worked as a panelist for the MI Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and is currently working collaboratively with the MSU Museum, Diné weavers, and CAL's Digital Humanities staff on an exhibit to open in 2019. She and Heather Howard were recently awarded a Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture (GRASAC) pilot project grant towards developing the research, care, and teaching use of the Museum's Anishinaabe collections, in collaboration with MSU Museum staff and Anishinaabe artists.

Research Associates

Bob Blackman
A folk music specialist, Blackman provides musical programming consultation for the Great Lakes Folk Festival and contributions to the GLFF electronic newsletter. Blackman was co-founder of the Ten Pound Fiddle coffeehouse in East Lansing, has contributed to many folk music publications, was the long-time host of WKAR Radio's "The Folk Tradition," and is the Computer System Administrator for Elderly Instruments in Lansing.

Martha Brownscombe
Brownscombe has been active in and held leadership positions with the Michigan League of Handweavers and the Great Lansing Weavers Guild since the 1980s. She has helped to develop the Michigan hand weaving collections held by MSU Museum. Martha is an award-winning fiber artist, active in Michigan and Chicago, and has shown her work in dozens of exhibitions. Martha has held a variety of professional positions related to weaving, fiber arts, and clothing and textiles. In the 1990s Martha did fieldwork and assisted on a major research project for the MSU Museum, resulting in the exhibition and publication Rags, Rugs and Weavers, led by Dr. Yvonne Lockwood. From 1991 – 1995 Martha worked on a project to clean, catalog and rehouse MSU Museum’s clothing and textiles collection into its current repository. From 2005 – 2010 Martha worked with Marie Gile to move, organize and catalog the clothing and textiles collection belonging to the Department of Human Environment and Design, in the College of Human Ecology. When Human Ecology was dismantled, the clothing and textiles collection was transferred to the Department of Art, Art History and Design. In 2017, the departmental apparel and textile collection was transferred to MSU Museum.

Frank Ettawageshik
Potter, traditional leader, and former chairperson of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, and former chairperson, Michigan Humanities Council. Ettawageshik co-directed the Michigan Native Arts Initiative project at the MSU Museum and is currently working on the Michigan Water Heritage project.

Barbara Krueger
An historic preservation specialist, stained glass artist, and former executive director of the Stained Glass Association of America, Krueger works primarily on research and public programs associated with the Michigan Stained Glass Census, for which she serves as co-director.

Betsy Knox
Emeritus associate program leader for Michigan 4-H Youth Development, Knox was responsible for performing arts, visual arts, global and cultural education programming for the statewide 4-H program in Michigan. Knox works on the Michigan 4-H History Project, including exhibit research, curation, design, and activity programming.

William G. Lockwood, Ph.D.
Lockwood, is professor emeritus of anthropology, University of Michigan where he also served as chairperson. A specialist on Eastern European culture and of Roma studies, Lockwood has worked for many years as a fieldworker, a presenter at the Great Lakes Folk Festival, and as an advisor on collections-based projects, especially on the John and Selma Appel Collection of Ethnic Images. He will be especially focusing his consulting with the MSU Museum on the ethnographic collections of Roma material culture.

Pumeza Mandela
Mandela is manager of education, programs, material development and outreach at the Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Mandela is a one of the selectors for the annual Michigan State University Museum/Nelson Mandela Museum Curatorial Fellow and then serves as the primary coordinator of the portion of the fellowship that occurs in Mthatha. Mandela has participated in a staff exchange with the MSU Museum and is also serving as a co-editor of a forthcoming publication for which two cultural history curators have contributed essays.

Veena Mandrekar, Ph.D.
Mandrekar has worked with the MSU Museum for many years on projects that document and interpret Indian American cultural traditions. Currently she is working with the cultural history staff of the MSU Museum on major initiatives to strengthen the documentation, presentation, and preservation of Indian American cultural heritage and a major collaborative MSU Museum and Bhandrakar Oriental Research Institute (Pune, India).

Bongani Mgijima
Mgijima is the Director of the University Stellenbosch Museum, and is our lead South African Museum partner for the new MSU Alliance for African Partnerships grant that will foster deeper ongoing partnership with South African museums and cultural programs. This project will focus on staff exchanges, documentation, publications, exhibitions, and additional collaborative grant activity. He is also the former Director of the Albany Museum at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and founding Director of the Lwandle Museum of Migrant Labour, Cape Town, South Africa. In his capacity as director of the Stellenbosch University Museum and Albany Museum, he served as the host at those venues of the MSU Museum/Nelson Mandela Museum exhibition “Dear Mr Mandela, Dear Mrs Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons.”

Khwezi Mpumlwana
Mpumlwana is the founding Director of the Nelson Mandela Museum and a long-time colleague/partner of the folklife and cultural heritage programs of the MSU Museum. He was part of a professional training program coordinated by MSU (with the MSUM, MATRIX, and African Studies Center). He served as a co-curator of the Dear Mr. Mandela/Dear Rosa Parks: Children’s Letters/Global Lessons exhibition that is still touring in South Africa and the US. He was the host for the development of the Nelson Mandela Museum/MSU Museum Graduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. He has recently moved into a new position with the Heritage Commission of South Africa and is forging deeper connections with the MSU Museum and MSU.

Diana N'Diaye, Ph.D.    
A visual anthropologist and folklorist, N’Diaye is Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She has been a collaborating partner, visiting artist, and lecturer and, for the MSU Museum, a consultant on African Diaspora studies and collections at the MSU Museum. She was part of the Leadership Team for the US-South Africa Cultural Heritage Training Program funded by the Mellon and Ford Foundation. She now serves as one of the Smithsonian representatives on the US/Africa Cultural Heritage Partnership linking US museums with African museums via the African Museums Council. She is also the project director for the Smithsonian Institution’s Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity Project. She collaborated with the MSU Museum on documentation for this project in Detroit and an exhibition based on the project will be open at the MSU Museum and will then travel nationally.

Andre Odendaal, Ph.D.
Odendaal, a faculty member of University of Western Cape, received his PhD in history from Oxford University. He was the founding Director of the Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. He will be a visiting curator/scholar at MSUM/MSU in 2017 (with special support from the MSU History Department). He is working on books on the making of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights as a series of three books on the history of cricket in South Africa. Cricket and Conquest, the first book in this series has recently been released. He is also part of the MSU Alliance for African Partnership grant that has just been awarded to foster deeper ongoing partnership with South African museums and cultural programs.

Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Professor of African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dr. Pollard continues to contribute her expertise on African American culture in general and music in particular to a variety of projects. She was curator of the MSU Museum traveling exhibition “Legends of Gospel”, has served as a regular advisor for music programs and is a presenter at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

Amanda Sikarskie, Ph.D.
Sikarskie, with a PhD in American Studies from MSU, has taught in the MSU Museum Studies program for several years and regularly uses collections in teaching her courses. She has also been deeply involved in various aspects of the Quilt Index and her recent book Textile Collections: Preservation, Access, Curation, and Interpretation in the Digital Age (American Association for State and Local History, 2016) provides an examination of the Quilt Index.

Noel L Z Solani, Ph.D.
Solani obtained his doctoral degree in history from University of Ft. Hare and has been a cultural heritage worker for many years in South Africa. He worked as an oral historian and historical researcher at the Robben Island Museum and as a curator and acting director of the Nelson Mandela National Museum in Mthatha, South Africa. He is affiliated with the Mzala Nxumalo Centre for the Study of South Africa Society. He has worked on a variety of collaborative projects with the MSU Museum and is seeking additional possibilities fornew partnership initiatives.

Steve Stier
Stier, a historic preservation specialist and master barn builder, has worked in the past as researcher and presenter for the Festival of Michigan Folklife and the Great Lakes Folk Festival, and with LuAnne Kozma on the development of the Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey, a project for which he continues to provide consultation. He is a recipient of a 2014 Michigan Heritage Award.

Laurie K. Sommers, Ph.D.
A folklorist and ethnomusicologist, former MSU Museum staff member, Dr. Sommers serves as periodic contracted fieldworker and presenter at the museum’s folklife festivals. Her recent work in Georgia includes traveling exhibits, documentary radio, and folklife in education. Recent publications include Folkwriting: Lessons on Place, Heritage, and Tradition for the Georgia Classroom (with Diane Howard et. al., www.valdosta.edu/folkwriting) and The Florida Music Train, which won the 2003 Dorothy Howard Prize for folklife in education from the American Folklore Society. She was also the lead on the MSU Museum’s Alan Lomax project.

Kate Wells, Ph.D.
Cultural anthropologist Wells is emeritus professor, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa and studies the intersections of art and health. She co-curated the MSUM exhibition “Siyazama, Traditional Arts, and AIDS in South Africa” (which is still in the MSU Traveling Exhibition Service portfolio and was recently presented at the Mathers Museum, Indiana University) and co-edited the accompanying book that was published by University of KwaZulu Natal Press. She subsequently donated her Siyazama research collection to the MSU Museum and is working with graduate students and MSU Museum staff on cataloguing and digitizing the collection.

Chris Worland
Chris Worland is an educator and quilt artist. Worland has served as a Visiting Artist at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and regularly works with the Museum to utilize the quilt and other textile collections in her teaching. She has conducted textile research in Mali and was the guest curator of the MSUM exhibit Threads of Change. Worland is on the project team for the 60/50 Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights project and is the Community Quilts Coordinator for the project. As a Research Associate, Worland will continue to work with the Museum’s quilt and textile collections and related outreach projects.