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Gemma Mangione is a Lecturer in the Arts Administration Program and a Consulting Analyst with Randi Korn & Associates, a planning, evaluation, and strategy firm serving museums across the United States. She previously worked as a member of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Education Department, coordinating a community outreach initiative for older adults in the New York metropolitan area.
Gemma’s research connects practices illuminated through organizational ethnography with mechanisms of broader institutional and policy change. She has a particular interest in legitimation processes in the arts and cultural sector, and how these shape innovation, interpretation, and inequalities. Her current research compares programs for visitors with disabilities across art museums and botanical gardens. As museums’ “health turn” gains traction in cultural policy, she examines how museum staff and visitors embrace, contest, and define the therapeutic value of art and nature and how this process impacts opportunities for access and inclusion. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Poetics, Museum & Society, and Qualitative Sociology. In recognition of her work, she has received grants, fellowships, and other awards from Northwestern University, as well as an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.
Gemma has a sustained interest in exploring how social scientific theory and evaluation practice can together help people make informed choices about the operations of cultural institutions and the values they contain. As part of her commitment to coupling theory and practice, she has twice presented at the LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference organized by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she also participated in a National Art Education Association roundtable on museums and wellness. She writes on the intersection of sociology and evaluation for Randi Korn & Associates’ blog, The Intentional Museum. Gemma is also a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Social Science History Association, and the American Sociological Association, where she currently serves as a student representative for the Culture Section and is a past student representative for the section on Body & Embodiment.
Gemma holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and art history and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.