Jeanine Pollard


Brown University (Neuroscience, BS)
Boston University (Deaf Education, MEd)


Jeanine joins the Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) program after five years teaching high school science to deaf and hard of hearing students. Jeanine became interested in museum accessibility while visiting museums with her students. Though normally inquisitive and confident, they struggled to interact with the unfamiliar and unwelcoming surroundings encountered on many of those visits. In 2015 Jeanine worked as an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA), where she gained additional insight into issues of accessibility and inclusion, this time from the perspective of a museum practitioner. Her research interests include the role of technology in removing barriers to access within museums and the impact of institutional body language (work by Gretchen Jennings) on the museum-going experience for visitors with disabilities. She currently works as an Interpretive Planning Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA).

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