Tanya Treptow, PhD

Vice President & Co-Director of Research

A user-experience researcher, story-seeker, and meaning-maker, Tanya Treptow helps museums, performing arts organizations, and other cultural enterprises do exciting new things and evolve new roles in their communities. She uses anthropological and sociological tools to understand the deeper mechanisms of public engagement: how people see the world, how they connect to each other, and what they need from cultural experiences. Tanya’s passion for naturalistic and participatory research methods, coupled with her background in user research and information design in both digital and physical space, has made her a trusted thought-partner to Slover Linett clients such as the Library of Congress, Knight Foundation, Museum of Science Boston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Folk Alliance International, and Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Before joining Slover Linett in 2015, Tanya worked in curatorial departments at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, researching and curating exhibitions of Egyptian, Indian, and Himalayan art and writing several catalog essays. She was also a senior user experience specialist at Centralis, a research and design consultancy. She has presented on evaluation and technology at conferences including Museums and the Web, EdUI, and Museum Computer Network. Tanya began her academic training in computer science but switched to the social sciences, earning a B.S. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD in Islamic archaeology from the University of Chicago. While there, she also worked at UChicago’s Center for the Study of Languages and is conversant in Arabic (while also dabbling in Turkish, French, German, Polish, and Chinese). Tanya enjoys the adventures of parenthood and sharing her love of nature and camping with her young sons, Jasper and Roscoe.