Therese Quinn


PhD, Curriculum Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago



935 W. Harrison Street, 206 Henry Hall

Therese Quinn is an Associate Professor and Director of the Museum and Exhibition Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies at UIC’s College of Education in 2001 with an arts-based qualitative study using museums and exhibit development strategies to explore the experiences of non-dominant group users of mainstream museums. Drawing on her work as an exhibit researcher, developer, and evaluator for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Children’s Museum, Museums in the Parks, and more, she teaches courses exploring the histories and pedagogical practices of museums and exhibitions. She writes about the arts and cultural institutions as sites for democratic engagement and justice work; contributes a regular column to Yliopisto, the magazine of the University of Helsinki; and is a founding member of Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). Her most recent books are Teaching Toward Democracy 2e (2016, Routledge), Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (2012, Routledge), and Sexualities in Education: A Reader (2012, Peter Lang).

Courses Taught

MUSE 546 Producing Fwd: Museums Journal, Spring 2019
MUSE 545 Museum Genres, Practices and Institution, Fall 2018
AH 544 Public Engagement in Museums, Spring 2013