Phaedra Livingstone coordinates both the Museum Studies concentration in the Arts and Administration graduate program, and the UO Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. She is Associate Director, Cultural Diversity & Social Inclusion, in the UO Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy and an affiliated faculty member of the UO Center for the Study of Women and Society. She coordinates the UO Research Interest Group on Curation and Interpretation, and is a member of the Gender, New Media & Technology RIG. Her research areas are museum interpretation and representation issues, museology curriculum, social inclusion & equity issues in museum participation, critical (especially feminist) museology, and public perception of the museum.
Dr. Livingstone has worked in and conducted research on all types of museums, since 1990. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, she was Research Coordinator at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Ryerson University in Toronto. Her training includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (Museum Learning), a Master of Museum Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto, as well as a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellowship with the University of British Columbia. Among her publications are articles in The Journal of Museum Education (USA), Museological Review (UK), Museum Management and Curatorship (Canada), and Museum Management Today International (Japan). She is active in various museum associations and has been a board member for the Museum Education Roundtable of Toronto (1998-2000), the Visitor Studies Association (2001-2003), and Heritage Toronto (2004-2008). She currently sits on the board of the ICOM International Committee on Training of Personnel, the AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. She was awarded the 2013 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship in Museum Practice for her book project Touchstones and Timeless Tall Tales.
UO courses Dr. Livingstone teaches include: Arts & Visual Literacy; Cultural Administration; The Cultural Museum; Museum Education; Museum Theory; Research Methods; and Workshop in Exhibition Development.