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Published Articles

Our Contributions to the Field

SOAR Team members are active within their respective fields and are constantly working to push our understanding of museums and the cultural sector forward. Here are a few contributions by SOAR staff (current and former) to the wider field.

Sturtevant, Paul B. 2017 (forthcoming). The Middle Ages in the Popular Imagination: Medievalism, Film, and Historical Consciousness (London: I.B. Tauris).

Watriss, Whitney. 2017. "Serving and Engaging Visitors at the Smithsonian Institution." Informal Learning Review 143 (March/April 2017): 22-25.

Sturtevant, Paul B. 2017. "History is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data." Perspectives on History (April): https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/april-2017/history-is-not-a-useless-major-fighting-myths-with-data.

Eder, Elizabeth K., Andrew Pekarik, and Zeynep Simavi. 2017. "Visitor-Centered Exhibition Design." Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums (2017): 251. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442278981/Visitor-Centered-Exhibitions-and-Edu-Curation-in-Art-Museums

Pekarik, Andrew J., J.B. Schreiber, N. Hanemann, K. Richmond, and B. Mogel. 2014. "IPOP: A Theory of Experience Preference." Curator: The Museum Journal 57(1): 5-27. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cura.12048/full

Pekarik, Andrew J., and James B. Schreiber. 2012. "The Power of Expectation." Curator: The Museum Journal 55, no. 4: 487-496. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2151-6952.2012.00171.x/abstract

Pekarik, Andrew J. 2010. "From Knowing to Not Knowing: Moving Beyond “Outcomes." Curator: The Museum Journal 53, no. 1: 105-115. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2151-6952.2009.00011.x/abstract

Pekarik, Andrew J., and B. Mogel. 2010. "Ideas, Objects, or People? A Smithsonian Exhibition Team Views Visitors Anew." Curator: The Museum Journal 53(4): 465-482. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2151-6952.2010.00047.x/abstract

Doering, Zahava. D. 1999. "Strangers, Guests or Clients? Visitor Experiences in Museums." Curator: The Museum Journal 42, no 2: 74-87.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2151-6952.1999.tb01132.x/abstract

Pekarik, Andrew J., Zavaha D. Doering, and David A. Karns. 1999. "Exploring Satisfying Experiences in Museums." Curator: The Museum Journal 42, no. 2 (1999): 152-173. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2151-6952.1999.tb01137.x/abstract

Doering, Zahava. D. and Andrew J. Pekarik, A. 1996. "Questioning the Entrance Narrative." Journal of Museum Education 21, no. 3: 20-29. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40479072