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Current Contributing Editors


AURORA CACIOPPO
Contributing Editor
THE GRAD SCHOOL GUIDE 
@aurora_cacioppo

Aurora Cacioppo is entering her second year as a Master of Museum Studies candidate and is thrilled to begin her term as President of MUSSA. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New Media from Ryerson University in 2016, where she curated the thesis exhibition entitled META XVI. Aurora loves to travel and spent a semester studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was here that she discovered her love for gloomy days and old cities. With a deep interest in storytelling and learning the many meanings of identity, especially through artistic mediums, Aurora hopes to lead a career in interpretation or curation. When she has some time to herself, Aurora loves eating treats and spending time with nature.


KENDRA CAMPBELL
Contributing Editor
AFRICAN CANADIAN HISTORY
Kendra Campbell is a candidate in the Master of Information (Archives and Records Management) and the Master of Museum Studies programs at the iSchool. She holds an Honours Double Major B.A. from York University in Communications and in History with a focus on Blacks in Canada. Kendra is passionate about emerging opportunities for museums and archives to have a critical role in society. Her professional interests include societal provenance, museums and source communities as well as decolonizing museum practice.



TABITHA CHAN
Musings Administrator, Contributing Editor
INTERNSHIP CHECK-IN
Previously EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Tabitha Chan is a first year Master of Museum Studies student. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in English and Certificate in Digital Communications at Western University. She especially loves art museums and reviewing gallery exhibitions, as it gives her an opportunity to speak with practicing artists and learn about what inspires them. Tabitha dreams of one day having her own stationery line and working in an art gallery, but in the mean time, enjoys other creative hobbies like painting, drawing and vlogging. She is always seen with a notebook and if not, is probably browsing through Instagram on her iPhone. Her favourite TV show of all time is Friends, and her stomach is bottomless pit for popcorn and McDonald’s french fries.


Contributing Editor
OBJECT OF THE WEEK

Born and raised in Hertfordshire, England, Eleanor completed her BA in Fine Arts and English at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is in her first year at the University of Toronto studying in both the Master of Museum Studies and the Master of Information (Specialization in Archives and Record Management) programs. Since early childhood, Eleanor has been very much in love with stories: hearing them, reading them, telling them, writing them, painting them, interpreting them - a passion for stories is the ribbon that ties her various passions - including museums - together. When she's not doing something with stories, Eleanor can be found hanging out with her husband and learning to cycle on the busy streets of Toronto.


Contributing Editor
MUSEUM MONDAYS

Kara Isozaki is a Master of Museum Studies and Master of Information (Archives and Records Management) student. Her undergraduate background is in South American archaeology and East Asian history from the University of Toronto. Her professional interests include collections management and the role of archives within museums. After working in a community archive, she also is interested in grassroots heritage organizations and their relationships with source communities. Kara enjoys participating in hands-on learning experiences and creating them for friends and family, like history-inspired scavenger hunts and crafting nights. 




Contributing Editor
MUSEUM MONDAYS

Maeghan is a student in the Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies programs at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and linguistics from the University of Alberta, where her studies often concentrated on Indigenous language revitalization. The relationship between language revitalization and community institutions including archives and cultural centres inspired Maeghan to pursue graduate studies in the Faculty of Information. She currently works as a research assistant on a project examining the relationship between objects and storytelling in informal community settings. Outside of school, Maeghan enjoys baking, reading, and volunteering in her community. 


CASSY KIST
Contributing Editor
MUSEUM INNOVATIONS

Cassy Kist is a first year Museum Studies student. She graduated with a BA from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Classical studies. She has a love for Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, with a soft spot for Classical artefacts. As a result of her passion for anthropological puzzles, she has spent much of her undergraduate degree volunteering in the Anthropology Osteology lab - assisting with forensic cases. However, the desire to preserve the outcome of puzzles and share the stories that archaeologists piece together, whether that be from bones or artefacts, ultimately led her to the Museum Studies program at the iSchool. She is an avid coffee drinker, fiction reader and loves doing anything artistic or crafty.

Contributing Editor
HERITAGE MOMENTS

JENNIFER LEE
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Lee is a first-year Master of Museum Studies student. Previously, she read for a BA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln College, Oxford University, where she fell in love with Roman sarcophagi and feminist theory. Her interests include critical interpretive practice, theatrical performance in museal spaces, and interpreting the classical past. Outside of the library, she enjoys knitting socks, baking, tabletop gaming, and birdwatching (though not simultaneously). 




SADIE MACDONALD
Contributing Editor
EXHIBITION REVIEWS


Sarah 'Sadie' MacDonald is a first-year Master of Museum Studies student. Originally a bumpkin from Nova Scotia, she has spent the better part of her life bouncing between Canada and the United States. She graduated from the University of Kings College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in English. As her BA might indicate, she loves stories and is interested in engaging with and creating narratives within the museum field. At the moment, she is excited to see where the MMSt program will take her. Sadie enjoys reading, knitting, cosy blankets, and drinking worrying amounts of coffee and tea in equal measure.


KELLY MANIKOTH 
Contributing Editor
WHAT'S HAPPENING WEDNESDAYS 

Kelly Manikoth is a Master of Museum Studies candidate at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Psychology. Kelly dreams of leading a travel-filled life, discovering how museums act as places of interconnectivity that collapse different time periods, geographies and cultures in a single space. She hopes to pursue a career in accessibility services, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the artefacts held in museum collections and the stories they reveal. When not exploring museums, she can be found sketching, reading or spending time with her rescue beagle, Jasper.



KRISTEN MCLAUGHLIN
Contributing Editor
MUSINGS ABROAD 
Previously CONSERVATION TIPS & TRICKS

Kristen is a first year MMst student. She completed a BA in archaeology with a cultural resource management certificate at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Kristen’s hometown is Grande Prairie, Alberta, and she spent her childhood at the local museum visiting the heritage village; because of this she is interested in small rural museums and their place in Canada’s heritage network. Kristen studied abroad in England and has undertaken archaeological work in Peru, Alberta, and BC. She is passionate about public archaeology, international heritage relations, and sharing the stories archaeology tells us with the public through interactive means, which ultimately led her to this program. Kristen likes playing her flute, staying up until 2 AM reading books, and traveling and taking photographs.



HANNAH MONKMAN 
Contributing Editor
MUSEUM INNOVATIONS

Hannah is a student in both the Master of Museum Studies and Master of Information (Archives and Records Management) programs. She grew up on the west coast of Canada and completed her BA at UVic with a double major in Greek and Roman Studies and Medieval Studies. Passionate about lifelong learning and the visitor experience in cultural institutions, Hannah is focusing her studies on the accessibility and interpretation of information (in all its forms) for present and future generations. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, immersing herself in nature, and pointing out cute dogs to anyone nearby.



KATIE PAOLOZZA
Contributing Editor
GHOSTS OF TORONTO'S PAST and GREATEST HITS
Previously COLLECTIONS CORNER 

Katie is a first year Master of Museum Studies Candidate. She graduated with an Honours BA in English and History from the University of Toronto, and is an all-around nerd. She plans to focus her degree (and eventually her career) in collections, so she is thrilled to be a contributing editor for the Collections Corner as well as the Greatest Hits column. At U of T she has been involved in the Hart House Literary and Library Committee, and its sub-committee the Writers' Co-op. Her love of writing and storytelling led her to enroll in the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program. Katie is a big film buff, armchair television critic, and English Literature enthusiast. She finds it difficult to watch movies and TV without looking up their corresponding reviews on the A.V. Club.



Contributing Editor
SEW WHAT
Previously THROWBACK THURSDAY

Jessica Svenningson is a first MMST student interested in specializing in curatorial research and front of house PR. After getting a degree in archaeology she flew herself off to South Korea for 2.5 years to develop her professional skills as an ESL teacher, making a few notable pit stops along the way in Japan, Nepal, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia to name a few. Her interest in the material arts has lead her to personal research in the anthro-pological interaction of makeup and the psyche, and how it relates to the identity of drag queens and the everyday individual.



Contributing Editor
WHAT'S HAPPENING WEDNESDAYS


Emily is a first year Master of Museum Studies student. Emily grew up in Bancroft, Ontario and received a BSCH degree from Queen’s University with a major in Life Sciences and a minor in Classics. After participating in an archaeological excavation at an Etruscan site in Italy, she decided to pursue a degree at the iSchool to explore her interests in material culture. She is currently interested in collections management and public education in science centres. When not exploring museums and heritage sites, Emily enjoys reading, golfing, baking and cheering on the Blue Jays.
Editor-in-Chief
THROWBACK THURSDAY and MUSEUM MYSTERIES

Serena is a first year student in the Master of Museum Studies program. Born and raised in Toronto, she earned an Honours BA in History and English Literature from the University of Ottawa. Serena spent her formative years visiting museums and heritage sites with her family, which fostered her ambition of pursuing a museum career. Having explored numerous museums and historic sites throughout North America as well as in London, England, Serena is particularly interested in the ways in which interpretation brings the past to life. When she’s not wandering through a museum, Serena enjoys reading, travelling, rock concerts, and writing historical fiction.

Contributing Editor
WALK OF FAME

Julia is a first year Master of Museum Studies student. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in English and History and received a Masters in History at McMaster University. Her obsession with history and learning about different cultures has led to her passion for traveling around the globe. It is a must while traveling to visit museums and historical sites- and she is not done yet! Julia is excited to see how she can incorporate her historical interests in a museum setting as an educational tool for different generations. While not looking for new adventures to travel or visit museums, Julia enjoys baking (and eating), reading, playing soccer, and anything animal related!


Former Contributing Editors

Contributing Editor, Internship Check-In Column Summer 2015; MMSt Student 2014-2016 

LYNE ALLAIN
Co-Editor, 2012-2013; MMSt Student 2012-2014

ANYA BAKER
Contributing Editor, Sew What Column 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2014-2015

AMANDA BARBOSA
Contributing Editor, Walk of Fame Column 2015/2016, MMSt Student 2015-2017

Musings Editor In Chief, Walk of Fame & Museum Innovations Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

CAMERON CRAWLEY
Contributing Editor, What's Happening Wednesdays Column 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

MEAGHAN DALBY
Administrator & Contributing Editor, Exhibition Reviews Column 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

MAYA DONKERS
Contributing Editor, (Fun)draising, Museum Mondays, Internship Check-In Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

JENNY FORD
Contributing Editor, Museum Innovations, Technology Tuesdays, The Grad School Guide Columns; MMSt Student 2014-2015

KATHERINE HANNEMANN
Contributing Editor, Object of the Week Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

EMMA HOFFMAN
Contributing Editor, Museum Mondays, The Grad School Guide Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

MALLORY HORRILL
Contributing Editor, Throwback Thursday, Walk of Fame, and Exhibition Review Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2014-2016

ALEXANDRA JEFFERY
Contributing Editor, Museum Mondays & Tuesday Newsday Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

NIKITA JOHNSTON
Contributing Editor, Conservation Tips and Tricks Column; MMSt Student 2014-2015

HAYLEY MAE JONES 
Contributing Editor, Greatest Hits, The Grad School Guide Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

JOCELYN KENT
Contributing Editor, Heritage Moments, Throwback Thursday Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

KELLY MACKENZIE
Contributing Editor, Museum Innovations Column; MMSt Student 2015-2017

ANNISSA MALVOISIN
Contributing Editor, African Canadian History Column; MMSt Student 2014-2015

JENNIFER MAXWELL
Contributing Editor, Collections Corner & What's Happening Wednesday Column; MMSt Student 2014-2015

KATHRYN METHOT
Contributing Editor, Thesis & Walk of Fame Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

CADY MCLAUGHLIN
Contributing Editor, Museum Monday Column 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015

ROWENA MCGOWAN
Contributing Editor, Object of the Week; MMSt Student 2014-2015

EMILY MEIKLE
Contributing Editor, Research Column 2015; MMSt Student 2014-2015

LEAH  MONCADA
Contributing Editor, Historic Kitchen & Weekend Edition 2015/2016; MMSt Student 2014-2015

ROBIN NELSON
Contributing Editor, Thesis & Research Columns 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015

BLAIR NEWBY
Contributing Editor, African Canadian History Column 2014/2015; MMSt Student 2013-2015

BRENNA PLADSEN
Contributing Editor, Sew What Column; MMSt Student 2015-2017

STEPHANIE READ
Contributing Editor, Musings Abroad, Exhibition Reviews Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

NICOLE RITCHIE
Contributing Editor, Thesis Column 2014; MMSt Student 2013-2015 

ERIKA ROBERTSON
Contributing Editor, A Muse Bouche Column; MMSt Student 2015-2017

KATE SEALLY
Contributing Editor, Alumni Check-In, What's Happening Wednesdays, Throwback Thursday Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

NATANIA SHERMAN
Musings Editor In Chief, Musings Administrator, Contributing Editor, Collections Corner, Internship Check-In, What's Happening Wednesdays, Technology Tuesdays, Weekend Edition, Object of the Week Columns; MMSt Student 2015-2017

MADELINE SMOLARZ
Musings Editor In Chief, Musings Administrator, Contributing Editor, Exhibition Reviews, Museum Mysteries, Technology Tuesdays, Museum Mondays, Weekend Edition, Conservation Tips and Tricks, & Walk of Fame Columns; MMSt Student 2014-2015

BRITTNEY SPROULE
Contributing Editor, Museum Monday & Tuesday Newsday Columns 2014; MMSt Student 2013-2015

Contributing Editor, Technology Tuesday Column 2015-2016; MMSt Student 2015-2017

CHRISTOPHER WAI
Contributing Editor, Museum Mysteries Column; MMSt Student 2015-2017

LAUREN WILLIAMS
Contributing Editor, What's Happening Wednesdays Column 2014; MMSt Student 2012-2014

KATIE WILSON
Contributing Editor, Exhibition Reviews 2014-2015; Social Media Manager 2014-2015; CRO Student 2013-2016

JANINE ZYLSTRA
Contributing Editor, Research Column Summer 2015; Social Media Manager 2014-2015; MMSt Student 2014-2016