Biography

Christina's teaching, research, and professional experience focus on informal and object-based learning, especially in museum environments.  Her dissertation research involved the creation and evaluation of an outreach program in a dozen retirement communities using museum objects.  Results from over one hundred participants found that the program was characterized by sensory exploration, cognitive and emotional responses, socialization, and the sharing of memories on the part of participants. Program participation was found to have a positive, significant relationship with improvements in mood. 

Christina is an instructor in the Museum Studies Program and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where she teaches courses on learning in museums, audience research & evaluation, and museum writing and is the 2018 recipient of the Harvard Extension School's Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award.  Christina is also a Senior Research Manager at Project Zero, a research institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is currently exploring the impacts of a community arts festival.  In previous PZ projects, she worked with a quasi-experimental investigation of the impact of 'maker' activities on K-12 students through the Agency by Design project and was the project manager for Art Works at Work, a partnership with Independent Schools Victoria to explore the benefits of arts-based programming on the workplace environment.  In addition, she is a board member of the non-profit Massachusetts Odyssey of the Mind, the state branch of an international creative problem-solving competition for students.

Before coming to Harvard, Christina worked as an educator in over a dozen museums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, National Air and Space Museum, National Zoo, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  She has also served as an education and evaluation consultant for education organizations, including Art Beyond Sight, Newport Restoration Foundation, and the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education. 

Christina earned B.A.s in Art Conservation and Art, with a minor in Art History from the University of Delaware Honors Program, a M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, a M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching, and a Ed.D. in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.