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Jen Thum is assistant director of Academic Engagement and assistant research curator at the Harvard Art Museums. In this role she creates object-based, interdisciplinary learning experiences for students across the university; oversees the museums' Graduate Student Teacher Program; facilitates object-based teaching workshops for faculty; co-teaches a museum-based program for radiology residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School; researches and teaches with the museums' ancient Egyptian collection; and works on various curatorial projects. Thum is trained as an archaeologist and a specialist in ancient Egyptian art. She earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology and the Ancient World from Brown University, her M.Phil. in Egyptology from the University of Oxford, and her B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College. She has authored several publications on teaching and learning with museum objects and is currently editing a book entitled Teaching Ancient Egypt in Museums: Pedagogies in Practice (Routledge 2024). Before coming to Harvard in 2018, she was a Museum Educator at the RISD Museum and Head Teaching Consultant for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. Thum has a deep interest in museum pedagogy and is committed to celebrating the learning potential of works of art for students and the public alike.