Jennifer Bergevin

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Prof. Richard Sandell

Dr. Giasemi Vavoula

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the long-term impacts of museums engaged in transformative social justice exhibitions on visitors. Drawing from critical pedagogy, transformative learning theory, and the transtheoretical model of change in order to frame the discussion of impact,  I hope to find a way to describe how activist museums help shape visitors’ perceptions of social justice topics and spur them on to take action in their own personal lives and communities.


I left a career as an educator in the United States in order to pursue my interest in museum studies. After earning an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies from Durham University, I began my PhD at the University of Leicester.


Academic Awards

2015-present – PhD in Museum Studies from University of Leicester (expected submission November 2018)

2013-2014 – Master of Arts in Museum and Artefact Studies from Durham University (1st class degree)

2001-2006 – Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (magna cum laude)


Teaching Experience

Sept 2017-present – Reading Group Leader at the University of Leicester

Jan 2017-June 2017 – Learning Resources Developer at the University of Leicester

Sept 2015-Dec 2016 – Teaching Assistant (Intermittent) at the University of Leicester

Sept 2010-June 2012 – Music Educator (Grades 1-4) at North Hanover Twp B.O.E.

Oct 2008-June 2009 – Music Educator (Grades K-7) at Roselle Park B.O.E.

Sept 2007-June 2008 – Music Educator (Grades Pre-K-3) at Maywood B.O.E.

Research Experience

July 2017-Sept 2017 – Research Assistant, Prejudice & Pride, RCMG

June 2016 – Research Assistant, Exceptional & Extraordinary, RCMG

Exhibitions and Programmes

2017 – Guest Curator, We're Here. Hi. Let's Play! Women in Gaming, Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

2016 – Research Assistant, Hearing the Voice, Palace Green Library, Durham

2015 – Co-Developer, Remembering Rosa Parks: Understanding the US Civil Rights Movement, University of Leicester, Leicester

2015 – Research Assistant, Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt, Palace Green Library, Durham

2014 – Installation Assistant, The Seven Treasures: Japanese Enamels from the V&A, Palace Green Library, Durham

2014 – Research Assistant, World’s Fair, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

2013 – Curatorial Assistant, Greenwood Pottery, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

2013 – Installation Assistant, The Artist’s Hand, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ


Book Chapters

Bergevin, J. “Narratives of Transformation: Stories of Impact from Activist Museums.” In Museums and Activism. (forthcoming)

Web-based Publications

Bergevin, J. (2016). “Impact in Focus.” Museological Review, issue 20, pg. 71.


Awards and Fellowships

Teaching Partnership Award for Students for 2015-2016, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Barringer Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, Virginia, US


Conference Papers

Bergevin, J. (2017). “Towards a Language of Transformation in the Human Rights Museum.” FIHRM 2017: Museums, Democracy and Human Rights Challenges and dilemmas in storytelling, Rosario, Argentina, 28-30 November 2017.

Bergevin, J. (2017). “Advocates and Allies: The Impact of Activist Museums in the Struggle for Human Rights.” Human Rights Challenges in the 21st Century, Birmingham, UK, 10 May 2017.

Conferences Attended

“The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change,” American Alliance of Museums, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 26-29 April 2015.



Digital Engagement:       Podcasting, Blogging, Social Media Management

IT:                                    Microsoft Office Suite, Audacity (audio editing software), graphic design packages

Languages:                     Basic spoken French and German

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