We're Deepening our Commitment to Serving Our Community by Furthering the Study of Arctic Issues
Mara Kimmel joins museum as deputy director of strategy, research and scholarship
As we examine the museum’s role in affecting positive social change, we continually work to understand and further how a museum can improve lives in its community and encourage dialogue. These are important questions made even more urgent given the realities of life and change in the North.
Arctic research and scholarship helps the Anchorage Museum plan and deliver its programming in alignment with the specific needs of this distinct region. So, we are happy to announce Mara Kimmel recently joined the Anchorage Museum as Deputy Director of Strategy, Research and Scholarship where she will develop strategic partnerships; Arctic science and social science research and fellowship programs; and programs around equity, resilience and diversity.
Kimmel’s professional experience spans academic, legal, and non-profit sectors. She holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and policy, a law degree, master’s degree in natural resources management, and a bachelor’s degree in political science. She brings to the Museum a passion for education, experience with the Arctic, and a commitment to serving all communities. An important function of her role will be to find opportunities with universities, organizations and global communities to strengthen scholarship, research opportunities and connections to Alaska and the world.
|Kimmel has taught political science at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), law at Seattle University School of Law, worked on the Justice for All project with the Alaska court system, was a professor of strategic planning and entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University, and is a visiting scholar with the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA.|
She has worked with the Anchorage School District on the Alaska Network for Understanding U.S. History and has developed and taught continuing education courses on the U.S. Constitution to K-12 teachers.
She co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice and has been an immigration and refugee attorney for Catholic Social Services. Kimmel also co-founded the Alaska Sea Otter Commission and has worked on issues around resilience, climate, Arctic, tribal governance, immigration and welcoming cities.