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Maris Boyd Gillette


E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History
Director, Graduate Program in Museum Studies
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Phone:  314-516-5684

Education:  Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University

Research and Teaching:  Maris Boyd Gillette is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History and Director of the Museum Studies program. She is a sociocultural anthropologist and filmmaker who has studied porcelain workers and entrepreneurs in Jingdezhen (southeast China) and urban Chinese Muslims in Xi’an (northwest China).  Gillette took her Ph.D in Anthropology from Harvard University, and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies.  She has curated and co-curated exhibits and installations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Haverford College, and the Missouri History Museum. Her 2009 documentary Broken Pots Broken Dreams has been shown at film festivals in Russia, France, and the US.  Together with Louis Massiah of Scribe Media Center, Gillette co-directed the planning phase of the community history project Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, and facilitated several community-based documentary shorts in the Philadelphia area. Recent publications include a special issue of Visual Anthropology Review on ethnographic film in China (30:1, 2014) and an article on labor in Jingdezhen’s ceramic industry (Anthropology of Work Review 35:1, 2014). Her book, China’s Porcelain Capital: the Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in November 2016.