Dr Janet Marstine

Dr Janet MarstineAcademic Director; Programme Director, Art Museum and Gallery Studies

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Career History

I came to the School of Museum Studies in 2010 from Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA, where, for five years, I was Assistant Professor in the M.A. Program in Museum Professions. I served as Interim Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Professions from 2007-2008. In 2007 I became Founding Director of Seton Hall’s Institute of Museum Ethics (IME).

Earlier in my career I taught art history in the US at Bowdoin College in Maine and at Central Washington University in Washington State, specializing in American art and gender theory. In the US I also curated several exhibitions for university museums and galleries. I received my Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and have been awarded fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Newberry Library, Chicago.


As Academic Director of the School of Museum Studies, I oversee all of the School’s taught programmes, both campus-based and distance learning. I am responsible for curriculum development, student progression, assessment, learning resources, student experience and support and quality assurance across our portfolio of teaching and learning. I chair the School’s Academic Committee and sit on the College of Arts, Humanities and Law Academic Committee.

In my role of Programme Director of Art Museum and Gallery Studies (AMAGS), I represent the interests of AMAGS at Academic Committee and School meetings. I also assess all AMAGS applications.

I am Deputy Chair of the School’s Exhibitions Committee.

Internationally, I serve on the Advisory Boards of the Committee on Museum Professional Training, American Alliance of Museums, as well as the Disability and Inclusion Certificate Program of Art Beyond Sight, New York. From 2009-2012 I was a board member of the Museum Committee of the College Art Association, New York.

I am a peer reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund and for numerous museum studies journals and book publishers.


I contribute teaching in museum ethics to the School's campus-based masters programmes and have written units on museum ethics for the distance learning masters programmes. I also teach the Option module Curating the Art Museum and a series of seminars on timely issues specifically for the Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA students. I organize the Perspectives visiting lecturer series for MA students. I am available to supervise PhD and Masters projects in fields related to my interests and expertise.

Topics available for PhD supervision

Museum ethics; curating contemporary art; organizational change; institutional critique; socially engaged artistic practice; artists’ interventions; artist as curator; feminist methodologies; memorial museums; curating difficult issues

For a list of Janet’s current Lead Supervisions please see Current PhD Students:

Janet has previously Lead or co-Supervised the following PhD projects to successful completion:

Catharina Hendrick, ‘The Agile Museum: Organisational change through collecting new media art’

Briley  Rasmussen, ‘Pedagogy for the Modern: Victor d’Amico and the Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1969’

Janet was an External Examiner on the following PhD Examinations:

Melanie Jordan, Ph.D., Loughborough University, 2015
‘Art, its function and its publics: Public sphere theory in the work of the Freee Art Collective 2004 – 2011’

Fiona Jane Sarre, Ph.D., University College London, 2011
“Trust, control and translation in the new participatory practice:  A critique of the processes, dynamics and impacts of community participation in the curation of new city histories in English museums”

Research Interests


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