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Katherine Gean conducts studies and partners with cultural organizations to use qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation tools and strategies to help museums and cultural institutions gain insights about and their existing and potential audiences. Often working with grant recipients, she also engages with organizations to grow their internal capacity for evaluation, research, and enhance their ability to do data driven work. Katherine has worked in support of arts funding institutions such as the Irvine Foundation and the Wallace Foundation as they work to increase diversity of arts engagement in the U.S.
Prior to joining Slover Linett, Katherine worked as an evaluator and researcher at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Her work there included designing and leading qualitative research with Museum guests, participants in teacher professional development programs, and youth outreach programs. As a part of the evaluation and research team, she designed and conducted quantitative research studies in support of primary research. Katherine presented research findings for two Museum audience projects at an international science education conference, both of which have subsequently been published in major museum journals. She also supported the visitor studies efforts of the Museum by leading rapid prototype testing for Museum exhibits and conducting visitor research to establish a baseline of Museum guests and their science engagement levels and interest.
Katherine earned a Masters of the Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2009 with a focus on cultural anthropology and qualitative research methodologies. This led to a position implementing and conducting research at the University of Chicago Survey Lab to for academic and non-profit organizations on the south side of Chicago and across the U.S. Katherine earned a duel degree in cultural anthropology and history from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with honors.