Jennifer Scott, an Anthropologist, Public Historian, and Curator, has worked closely with a number of a number of history centers, museums, non-profits, and arts organizations for almost twenty 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.