About Me

As the Manager of Museum Education and Programs at Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, I create opportunities for the public to connect with archaeological and ethnographic objects from around the world. At my best, I develop and implement programming that:

 · is interdisciplinary, object-based, and visitor-centered,
 · fosters curiosity about and respect for all people, and

 · inspires critical thinking and introspection.

Working at the intersection of cultural heritage, informal education, and public humanities, I’m passionate about archaeology as pop culture and politics, the colonial legacy of anthropology museums, and the social justice potential of heritage education.

When I’m not visiting museums, you can find me playing board games, keeping up with an endless queue of podcasts, and day tripping around New England.

Recent Projects

AAM_PosterHow to Launch a Student Docent Program

A 2017 American Alliance of Museum’s Annual Conference poster detailing the launch of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s student docent program, MUSE.




Illuminating László Moholy-Nagy’s “Light Prop”: An Object Lesson

An object-based digital experience that brings the expansive capacity of an application programming interface (API) together with the intimate perspective of a curator.

Co-created with Andrea Ledesma. 


0-gD-RNYO8DeSnaCZ-How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Open Data:
A Case Study in the Harvard Art Museums’ API

A DIY guide to application programming interfaces (APIs) that explores the landscape between cultural institutions and the public. 

Co-created with Andrea Ledesma. 


Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 12.45.53 PMNational Park Service Junior Archeologist: Junior Ranger Activity Book 

A national Junior Ranger program that encourages aspiring archaeologists to earn their badge by digging in to artifacts, site protection, and the nation’s heritage.  



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Managing Michigan’s Underwater Heritage: The Past, Present, and Future of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

An article that examines the decisions Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary made when planning how to manage its submerged cultural resources.

Past Experience

Rhode Island | Roger Williams National Memorial

Washington, DC | National Park Service, Architect of the Capitol, Friends of the National Zoo, Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History, National Building Museum

Vermont | Shelburne Museum

Michigan | Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Ohio | Cincinnati Museum Center

Get in Touch

I’d love to hear from you! Reach out to leah_burgin@brown.edu to chat about my recent projects, current work, or future goals.

Do you work with museum volunteers? Ask me about the American Alliance for Museum Volunteers (AAMV)!