Juilee Decker, Ph.D. is an associate professor of museum studies in the college of liberal arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research is anchored in three areas, all of which look at excavating and critiquing histories and functions of museums, primarily in the U.S., as part of the process of understanding constructions of knowledge via museums. She has curated exhibitions focusing on visual arts, material culture, and public history and has served as a consultant to public art projects and programs in the US. Two current projects involve technological applications that foster authenticity and discoverability. The first involves the creation of a VR avatar in a living history context. The second is a multi-year NEH-funded project focused on processes, workflows, and outcomes multi-spectral imaging for museums, libraries, and archives.
Dr. Decker is editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (SAGE) and the four-volume series Innovative Approaches for Museums (2015, Rowman & Littlefield). Recent publications include her revision of Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums (2017, AASLH) and Enid Yandell: Kentucky’s Pioneer Sculptor (2019, University Press of Kentucky). She co-curated an exhibition focused on craft, fiber arts, and activism Crafting Democracy (2019, with Hinda Mandell, RIT Press). She is currently preparing a manuscript on monuments, memorials, and memory.
Dr. Decker earned her Ph.D. from the joint program in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territory of the Onöndowa’ga:’. In English they are known as the Seneca people and are one of the Six Nations that make up the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy. The Rochester Institute of Technology is built on land guaranteed to the Onöndowa’ga:’ by the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794.