Claire Eckert has worked with Smithsonian and external museums, organizations, and federal agencies to assess the impact and efficacy of their programs, exhibitions, and services. Examples include co-authoring a report on the interplay of Art and Science titled Interplay of Perspectives: History, Art & Culture + Science, Interdisciplinary Crossover and Collaboration, consulting on the building of the Jeju Aerospace Museum in Jeju, South Korea, and leading Written in Rock, a US Department of State funded cultural exchange on the study of petroglyphs (rock carvings) in Azerbaijan and New Mexico (http://wir.si.edu/). In 2015, Claire conducted a yearlong, multi-phase evaluation of several teacher training programs on Holocaust education at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. In 2016-2017, she led a Smithsonian-wide study and survey of volunteer management and satisfaction.
In 2017, she was a visiting researcher at the Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Japan, where for six months she conducted research about non-Japanese museum visitor experiences and advised senior staff on her findings and recommendations.
Claire is originally from Canada and prior to joining the Smithsonian she worked at the University of Toronto's Blackwood Gallery, the Koffler Center of the Arts in Toronto, Canada and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, England. Claire's undergraduate studies were completed at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a Master's degree in Art History with a Diploma in Curatorial Studies and Museum Management from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is currently studying Organizational Behavior at Harvard University.
Areas of Special Expertise:
- Organizational Studies
- Program Evaluation
- Visitor Research
- Project Management