Lanzhou Luo

Lanzhou LuoContact



First Supervisor: Professor Simon Knell



University of Leicester, Leicester, UK  Present

PhD Student in Museum Studies


The George Washington University, Washington, DC, US   May 2017

Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Concentration in Exhibition Interpretation and Management



Fudan University, Shanghai, China   July 2015

Bachelor of History, Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology


Research Experiences

National (Chinese) Heritage Board Project, Beijing, China  December 2015 - December 2017

Research Assistant, Cultural Heritage Conservation Standard Revision Project

Project title: Museum Public Service Standards Revision.

  • Conducted qualitative research with the aim to establish standards for museum public service.
  • Prepared for standardizing the annual evaluation process conducted by National Heritage Board.
  • Researched American Alliance of Museums accreditation and assessment system, providing reference to the Chinese model


Chun-Tsung Chinese Undergraduate Research Endowment Winner, Shanghai, China February 2014 – July 2015

The Chun-Tsung Scholarships, supervised by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (New York), are awarded to undergraduates who demonstrate superior research skills and creativity.

Research topic: Education Reform: Museum-School Collaboration in Shanghai.

  • Explored the possible ways to incorporate museum-school collaboration into formal education
  • Observed class fieldtrips; Interviewed museum educators and school teachers
  • Comparing to the United States practices as standards; Paper published introducing American cases
  • Shared findings with directors of museum education departments and school principals


Shanghai Municipal Education Committee Awards, Shanghai, China March 2013 – December 2015

Research Assistant

Research topic: Incorporating Museum to the Shanghai Youth Education System

  • Interviewed Secretary-general of Shanghai Joint Conference Committee of Youth Education Outside School, Director of Education Department of Shanghai Museum
  • Provided policy advices for Shanghai Municipal Education Committee on Education Reform



  • Zheng, Y. & Luo, L. (2014) Museum-school Partnership in the United States. East China Normal Cultural Heritage and Museology, 12(2): 37-44.
  • Hu, Z. & Luo, L. (2015) The Research on Private Nonprofit Art Museums and Galleries in Shanghai. Proceedings of the World Chinese Collectors Convention.


Related Experiences

Smithsonian Office of Policy and Analysis, Washington, DC, US. 

Visitor Studies Intern, August 2016-May 2017

  • · Evaluated Object Project at National Museum of American History, Turquoise Mountain at Sackler Gallery, 2016 Autumn Conservation Festival at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian volunteer program.
  • · Qualitative research: Interviewed 100+ visitors; Observed 160 visitors
  • · Quantitative research: Analyzed survey responses; Coded 2000+ open-ended answers



National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, US.

Object Project Intern, Office of Education and Public Engagement, May 2016 – August 2016

  • Designed and conducted timing and tracking evaluation study for Object Project independently
  • Conducted research in material cultural studies on objects from Object Project Exhibition
  • Tested interpretive ideas based on visitor cognition through docent carts



Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC, US.

Interpretive Programs Intern, Department of Public and Scholarly Engagement, May 2016 – August 2016

  • Administered surveys for future adult education programs
  • Tested program ideas for Ho Buddhist galleries through interviewing (IPOP sessions)
  • Tested program ideas for permanent collections through interviewing
  • Tested program descriptions for adult programs in general
  • Compiled information on past program evaluation



National Building Museum, Washington, DC, US.

Student Evaluator, New American Garden Exhibition, January 2016 – May 2016

  • Worked in a team of 15 students, guided by Professor Sasha Palmquist and Steven Palmquist
  • Collected 90+ data points in methods of time and tracking, semi-structure interview and survey
  • Communicated with museum staff, knowing their expectations, updating the evaluation process and presenting results and analysis


The Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China

Interpretive Programs Intern, Department of Teaching and Learning, April 2014 – May 2015

  • Curated traveling exhibition independently, The Dragon Boat Festival, collaborated with 4 relating parties: government officials, museum staff, university professors, and school teachers and students; conducted research on the origin and development of the Festival; exhibition reached 2000+ high school students city-wide
  • Assisted in writing labels and descriptions for 100+ collections
  • Assisted in editing booklets and newsletters for incoming exhibitions


Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai, China

Education Programs Intern, Department of Education, May 2013 – September 2014

  • Served as a docent, providing tours for general public and education outreach programs specific for school children
  • Managed volunteer programs, recruiting, training and evaluating 50+ volunteers


Aurora Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

Intern, Department of Public Relations/ Department of Exhibition Development, September 2011- December 2014

  • Participated in exhibition development and project management, Signs, Surfaces, and the Instant, aimed to redefine dance by incorporating the digital-capture technology and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Assisted in generating social media strategic plan, writing promotion articles and collaborating with external curators, advertisement companies and internal education and research departments
  • Assisted in generating fundraising strategic plan, providing writing materials for government funding application and maintaining contact information
  • Participated in managing volunteer training programs in relation to optimizing visitor experience


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