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SSP Philly Regional Event December 2018 Speaker Biography

Monique Renee Scott specializes in how diverse museum visitors make meaning of race and culture in museums, as well as how diverse audiences experience traditional anthropology and natural history museums as a whole, the basis for her 2007 book Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins. Her recent research focuses on the representation of Africa in contemporary art and anthropology exhibitions—exploring the dense tension between African objects as art and artifact.

Dr. Lee Ann Elliott Westman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Brigham Young University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University. She was a professor of humanities at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan for nine years, and a visiting professor at the University of Texas at El Paso for eight years. She is now an associate teaching professor at Rutgers-Camden in Gender Studies.

Dr. Westman teaches courses that examine the connections between history and cultural production; she is particularly interested in the relationship between gender and cultural production. Dr. Westman’s research focuses primarily on Mary Jane Holmes, a 19th-century American woman writer of domestic fiction who was a famous and best-selling novelist in her lifetime but is unknown today. She is a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers as well as the Humanities Education and Research Association. In 2008, HERA appointed Dr. Westman as the co-editor of HERA’s scholarly journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, which is published three times a year.