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Elisabeth Emmons Hahn

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


Emmons specializes in heritage and museum studies in the modern and contemporary periods. Her dissertation research focuses on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, analyzing the design, stakeholder involvement, and resultant heritage narratives promoted by the site. Her surrounding work has involved the interdisciplinary study of the creation of identity narratives; stakeholder involvement; the control and interpretation of historic sites; black markets in art, architectural fragments, and antiquities; the ethics of collecting; heritage tourism, preservation, and sustainability; art law; digital heritage; and the intersection of these topics with the politics and design of museums. Previous education includes Middlebury College, the Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara and the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts. She has contributed to exhibitions, education, and collections work at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, and the archaeological displays and catalogues for Robert Treman State Park, as well as preservation and museological consultation for the Harriet Tubman Home, and the Pratt Arts Center. Emmons is also an avid teacher, is active in online communities for heritage blogging and photography, and enjoys bringing those activities into dialogue with her academic research.


  • History of Art and Visual Studies