Therese Quinn


PhD, Curriculum Studies, University of Illinois Chicago



935 W. Harrison Street, 206 Henry Hall

Therese Quinn, Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies and Affiliated Faculty with Gender & Women’s Studies and Curriculum Studies, has worked as an exhibit researcher, developer, and evaluator for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the California Academy of the Sciences, and other cultural institutions. She received National Endowment for the Humanities (2018, 2017) and Fulbright (Finland, 2009) awards; coedits the Teachers College Press Series, Teaching for Social Justice; is an elected representative of the faculty union, UIC United Faculty; and is a founding member of the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project (IDCP), Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE), and Teachers Against Militarized Education (TAME). Her most recent books are School: Questions About Museums, Culture and Justice to Explore in Your Classroom (2020, Teachers College Press) and Teaching Toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change, 2e (2016, Taylor and Francis), and she has published articles and other writings widely, including in American Quarterly, the Journal of Critical Military Studies, the Journal of Museum Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, and Rethinking Schools.

Courses Taught

MUSE 400/546: Producing Fwd: Museums Journal
MUSE 545: Museum Genres, Practices and Institutions
MUSE 544: Public Engagement in Museums
MUSE 597/598: Capstone Project and Thesis Research