Education: PhD in American Studies, Brown University
MA in American Studies with Museum Studies Concentration, Trinity College
BS in Advertising and Marketing, Syracuse University
As a U.S. cultural historian trained in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, Dr. Ceglio works at the intersections of museum studies, public history, and digital media. Much of her research focuses on the affective and rhetorical roles that artifacts—material, visual, and digital—play in constructing national and social imaginaries within the context of museum work. She also collaborates with museums, libraries, and communities on interdisciplinary public-facing projects that engage diverse audiences in topics of contemporary concern.
In addition to working on her current manuscript project “A Cultural Arsenal for Democracy: The War Work of U.S. Museums, 1939-1949,” Clarissa collaborates with a range of partners on interdisciplinary museum-focused projects, including Omeka Everywhere, Museums & Civic Discourse, and Courtroom 600, an educational virtual reality encounter with the history and legacies of the Nuremberg Trials.
Recent Research Achievements: Co-PI on 2017-18 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Implementation Grant for Greenhouse Studios; recipient of 2018-19 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant on behalf of the Museums and Civic Discourse project team.
Industry Experience: Over 20 years’ experience in executive and senior positions as a writer, editor, and strategist in the museum, publishing, medical technology, and marketing communications fields.