Jennifer Scott, an Anthropologist, Public Historian, and Curator, has worked closely with a number of a number of history centers, museums and arts organizations for almost twenty-five years, including the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience, Brooklyn Historical Society, StoryCorps, and the Place Matters Project with City Lore. Since 2003, she has been a Part Time Assistant Professor in the New School for Public Engagement and in Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory. Professor Scott offers courses in cultural anthropology, arts and social engagement, race and ethnic studies and museum studies. She has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute’s Art and Cultural Management Graduate School of Art and Design, where she designed and taught the course Cultural Pluralism in the US: Museum Exhibitions and Issues of Cultural Representation.
Most recently, she served for ten years as the Vice Director and Director of Research at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, a historic house museum specializing in innovative applications of history, culture, and the arts. At Weeksville, she performed historical and curatorial research on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century communities, co-curated exhibitions, launched an oral history project and a jazz history project, and supervised all collections, preservation, and history initiatives. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research in West Africa, studying women dressmakers and textiles in urban Accra, Ghana. Profesor Scott researches, writes and lectures both locally and internationally on arts and civic engagement, social relevancy, social justice, cultural sustainability, public memory and innovative strategies for museums in the participatory era. She is a contributor to a number of museum, heritage and history publications. She holds degrees in Philosophy, African American Studies/History, and Anthropology from Stanford University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, respectively.
"Designing for Outrage: Inviting Contested Truth Into Museum Exhibitions" (in Exhibition, National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)/ forthcoming, Spring 2017)
Contributor to Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, Third Edition, (Edward Alexander, Mary Alexander and Juliee Decker; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 3rd edition; / forthcoming, March 2017)
“History Off the Chain: Liberating the Narrative,” (Inspiring Action: Museums and Social Change, Museumsetc/ Edinburgh ; reprinted 2016)
Co-Leader & Co-Editor for Museums and Civic Discourse: Past, Present and Emerging Futures, (2015- Present)
“Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-first Century at a Post-Emancipation Site,” (The Public Historian, University of California Press, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 73–88, May 2015).
Anywhere but Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond, (University Press of Mississippi/ January 2015)
“Taken Not Granted: Radical Democratic Concepts of Freedom in Museums,” (The Radical Museum: democracy, dialogue & debate, MuseumID/ 2011)
“The Relevancy – Driven Museum,” (The Museum: Agent of Social Change, Heritage365/ 2008)
“Exodus in Limestone,” Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter (Rutgers University Press/ 2006)
Race and Biology