My research and theory development focuses on collaborative curatorial and educational practices in art museums. Using a feminist systems thinking (FST) framework (onto-epistemological orientation), I try to better understand and advocate for curatorial collaboration that includes disenfranchised voices—voices often excluded during the colonial historical foundations of art museums and entrenched hierarchical leadership structures—and re-envision organizational culture that is non-hierarchical, inclusive, and community-based. For the past three decades, art museums have made slow, but gradual progress toward change; however, in our current moment during and post-COVID, art museums are gaining momentum more rapidly to redefine their roles in society with more emphasis on decolonizing and reinterpreting collections that lead to more participatory, inclusive, civically engaged, and social action-oriented exhibitions. Using primarily qualitative methods, my research examines how museum curators, educators, and visitors contribute to exhibition development, interpretive planning, and organizational change. In collaboration with Pat Villeneuve, my recent theoretical development includes the Dimensions of Curation Competing Values Model (visualized here).
I am currently co-authoring a book with Deborah Randolph titled, An Introductory Guide to Qualitative Research in Art Museums. The book introduces an overview of nine methodologies for art museum professionals including curators, educators, and graduate students. The introductory figure shows how the book may be used by a reader. Selections of the artwork shown here are part of the Artist Segues, a feature at the start of every chapter that aligns a contemporary artist’s working processes with methods of qualitative research.
 Feminist systems thinking was first articulated by Anne Stephens (2013), Ecofeminism and Systems Thinking.