After studying BA (Hons) Roman Archaeology & History of Art, University of Pisa, Italy and MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Anna completed her PhD research in Museum Studies (University of Leicester), looking at the interpretation and representation of non-Western religious material culture in Western museums. Specifically, the research focused on Yorùbá traditional religious material culture exhibited nowadays in museums in the United Kingdom.
Before taking up her current appointment as Reader in Architecture at the University of Lincoln, Anna was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where she was the Programme Leader for the MA Art & Design.
Anna’s current research interests are in the fields of museum and heritage studies, material culture (including the material culture of fashion), collectors and collections, identities and diaspora and cultural tourism.
Anna supervised British Council Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Witiya Pittignapoo (Naresuan University, Thailand) in 2014 (Water-based settlements and heritage management).
Anna is currently the Director of Study of one PhD student, Anastasia Samara, whose thesis focuses on the creative industries and industrial heritage in Thessaloniki. Anna is also the second supervisor of Lydia Parry (Dissonant Heritage and the Bomber Command).
Anna welcomes applications to study for PhD research degrees, either full or part time, in the following areas:
- Museums & heritage studies;
- Diaspora, Identity & Museums;
- Migration and Heritage;
- Creative & Cultural Tourism;
- Fashion Curatorship;
- Fashion Heritage;
- Material culture and collecting theories;