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Amelia Wong

2008 Field Fellow


Amelia Wong is completing her doctoral work in American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Museums, Social Media, and the Fog of Community,” is an interrogation of how museums are constructing community through social media in the interest of their democratic reform. As the inaugural Field Fellow, she researched museums’ use of social media to lay the groundwork for her dissertation and to extend the National Building Museum’s online engagement with its audiences, specifically around its collections.

She has a B.A. in History/Art History from UCLA and has held several positions in humanities research in Los Angeles and the mid-Atlantic area. Since 2008, she has managed social media outreach at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2009, she initiated and organized “The Conscience Un-Conference: Using Social Media for Good,” which convened dozens of professionals from museums, libraries, universities, non-profits, the marketing sector, and the anti-genocide movement to discuss ethical and practical questions of using social media in the pursuit of social change.

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