Elena Gonzales, PhD
Elena Gonzales is an independent scholar focusing on curatorial work for social justice and the role of museums in society today. Her book, Exhibitions for Social Justice, is published in the series "Museum Meanings" at Routledge (2019). Gonzales received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University in 2015 and her Masters in Public Humanities from Brown in 2010. She has curated exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown, the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales University. She has also worked at the National Museum of American History and the Anacostia Community Museum at the Smithsonian. She has also taught curatorial studies at Brown. Gonzales was a 2012 Ford Dissertation Fellow and a visiting scholar in American Studies at Northwestern University from 2011-2015. In 2015-2016, Gonzales served as an advisor on the redesign of Navy Pier in Chicago. Now she is writing, consulting, chairing the Exhibitions Committee of the Evanston Art Center, and co-developing a digital anthology on Museums and Civic Discourse.
I gratefully and humbly acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral homelands of the Three Fires Council (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi), Inoca, Nishnabé, Miami, Winnebago, Fox, Kickapoo, Mascouten, Ioway, Piankashaw, Sauk, Shawnee, and Wea.