Program Staff

The Certificate Program in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture is co-directed by Dr. Mary Sies and Dr. Paul Jaeger.

Dr. Mary Sies

Dr. Mary Corbin Sies is an Associate Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s Studies, the Historic Preservation program, and the Consortium on Race, Gender & Ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1987. Her research and teaching interests span material and visual culture, planning history, architectural history, urban/suburban history, and cultural and social history of the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her most recent edited book (with Isabelle Gournay and Robert Freestone), Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change (University of Pennsylvania, 2019) was awarded the best-edited work in planning history by the International Planning History Society in 2020. One of the four founding members of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture graduate certificate program, Dr. Sies previously directed the program from 2006 until 2013. She has consulted on museum exhibitions for the Margaret Strong Museum, the National Building Museum, and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. Locally, she volunteers with the Greenbelt Museum and the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, where she is part of the Lakeland Digital Archive team, a community/university collaboration pioneering an equitable and community-driven digital heritage project. She is an avid museum-goer with a special appreciation for community museums and local heritage societies around the world.


Dr. Paul T. Jaeger
Paul T. Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor, Diversity Officer, and Director of the Master of Library Science (MLS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. His teaching and research focus on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, with a specific focus on issues of human rights and social justice. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters, as well as more than a dozen books. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly and Co-Editor of Advances in Librarianship and the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. He is also founder and chair of the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS). In 2014, he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Education Award, the international educator of the year award for the field of library and information science.

Dr. Aaron Bryant

Aaron Bryant is a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to the Smithsonian, he curated the collections at Morgan State University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art. Bryant has lectured at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke, the Metropolitan Museum, Cambridge, Oxford, and the British Museum. Additionally, he traveled with the State Department to present lectures throughout Spain. He has received honors from the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library, the New York Public Library, the Maryland Historical Society, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of Museums, and the Organization of American Historians and Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Additionally, Bryant received honors from Congress, the Justice Department, and the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK. Bryant chairs Baltimore City’s Public Arts Commission and serves on the city’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Dr. Quint Gregory 

Quint Gregory wears many hats at the University of Maryland but spends most of his time in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, a space he designed and runs, collaborating with teachers, researchers, and students interested in employing digital technologies to enhance their work, be it pedagogical, academic or rhetorical. He has taught seminars for the Honors College at the University of Maryland that focus on museums and society, inspiration for which he drew from nearly a decade’s worth of work in area museums (National Gallery of Art, Walters Art Gallery) while pursuing his doctorate, a goal only accomplished after his Fulbright-fueled year of research in the Netherlands in 2000-2001.

Quint first came to the University of Maryland as a graduate student focused on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting (he worked on such exhibitions as Johannes Vermeer, and Jan Steen), a subject for which he retains great passion, even if he does not wade in those waters daily at present.


Kenna Hernly

Kenna Hernly is the current graduate assistant to the MSMC program. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education. Her research focuses on art museum education and ways to engage visitors in exhibitions. Before coming to UMD, Kenna was a curator of public programs and interpretation at Tate St Ives, UK. She has a BA in Art History from St, Mary’s College of Maryland and an MA in Contemporary Visual Art from Falmouth University, UK. Throughout 2020, she is the Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Dr. Diana Marsh
Diana Marsh is an Assistant Professor of Archives and Digital Curation in the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Her work focuses on how changing technologies, cultures, and values affect the communication of knowledge in heritage institutions. Her current research focuses on access to anthropological archives and the circulation of digitized ethnographic collections in Native communities.

She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA). From 2015–2017, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society where she curated exhibitions drawing primarily on archival collections (Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia, April–December 2017 and Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, April–December 2016). In 2014–2015, she was a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in Museum Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she taught courses in museology and heritage. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at UBC, where she conducted an ethnography of exhibition planning and the renovation of the National Museum of Natural History’s fossil hall. She has an MPhil in Social Anthropology with a Museums and Heritage focus from the University of Cambridge and a BFA in Visual Arts and Photography from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work has been published in Journal of Material Culture, Museum Anthropology, Practicing Anthropology, Archivaria, and Archival Science. Her book, Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls, was recently published with Berghahn Books Museum and Collections Series.