Portrait of Paul Sturtevant

Audience Research Specialist
(202) 633-5593

Paul B. Sturtevant joined SOAR full-time in 2017, after working as a contractor since 2013. His expertise is as an audience and visitor researcher, with a particular specialty in the use of qualitative research to better understand informal learning. He has contributed his expertise to a wide range of evaluations over the years, including evaluations of the programs and visitors at many of the Smithsonian museums, the US Capitol Visitor's Center, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Dr. Sturtevant is also an historian, and is the author of multiple academic and popular articles on visitor research, informal learning, the crisis in the humanities, and medieval history. He has written for Inside Higher Ed, Perspectives on History (for the American Historical Association), and Medieval Warfare Magazine, and his first book, The Middle Ages in the Popular Imagination, is due out later this year. He holds a PhD in Public History and Medieval Studies from the University of Leeds (UK), and has taught at the George Washington University, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University, and Leeds Beckett University.

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Qualitative Research 
  • Visitor Studies 
  • History 
  • Informal Learning 
  • Teaching and Training