Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University where she has developed and teaches the specialization in museum studies from an LIS perspective. In addition to academic work, she has worked in, on, and about museums in various capacities for more than 20 years, serving as a director, educator, researcher, collections manager, curator, volunteer and consultant. Her research interests convene around the meaning of museum objects — especially with respect to emotion, perception, sensation and spirituality — and the conceptual foundations of museums as knowledge systems. Presently, she is studying museum user perceptions of “the real thing” in museums and museums as ecological systems. She has done research on numinous experiences with museum objects, imaginative touch (of museum objects) and conceptual ramifications of museum object as document. In addition to teaching and research, Latham runs the MuseLab, a place for thinking, doing and learning about museal things, located in the iSchool on the third floor of the University Library.
Ph.D., Emporia State University, Kansas; , M.A., University of Kansas; , B.A., University of Michigan
Museum Studies, Archives, Preservation, Information Uses and Users, Qualitative Research Methods, Museum, Museum Objects, Documents, Phenomenology, Real Thing, Senses, Document Studies, lived experience, systems/complexity thinking