Megan comes to Indiana Humanities from an academic and small museum background. Prior to joining Indiana Humanities, Megan taught literature and humanities at Valparaiso University and worked as a program coordinator at the Porter County Museum in Valparaiso, Indiana. She received her Masters in Literature from the University of Montana with a focus on environmental literature and ecocritical theory. She has a B.S. from Valparaiso University in biology and creative writing. She is a contributor to Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy (University of Cincinnati Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 National Council on Public History Book Award.
Megan believes deeply in the power of the humanities to foster civic engagement. While serving as a coordinator at the Porter County Museum for over four years, she developed programs and exhibits to engage diverse audiences in the history and culture of their communities. She believes deeply in the potential of small community cultural organizations to cultivate spaces for reflection, dialogue, and community engagement. While working at a small museum, she discovered the power of the public humanities to connect individuals through the experience of history, arts, culture, and literature.
In her free time, you can find Megan wandering the nearest museum, hiking, or taking in an eclectic range of music. Having served as an Americorps member for two terms, she finds importance in service, and enjoys engaging with and learning about her community through volunteerism.