The following list reflects the order in which we would prefer to be contacted for general inquiries.
Collections Manager - Ethnology
Collections Manager - Archaeology
Dr. Amy Gusick
Dr. Gusick is an environmental archaeologist with extensive experience in cultural resource management, underwater archaeology, and NAGPRA relations. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, with a major in journalism, in 1997, and a Master's degree in 2007 and Ph.D. in 2012 from the Archaeology program of UC Santa Barbara.
Dr. Gusick's research interests focus on human-environmental dynamics, the development of maritime societies, peopling of the Americas, and hunter-gatherer subsistence and settlement. Her current research projects focus on early human coastal migration and settlement and the effect of environmental stress on Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene human groups along the Pacific Rim.
Dr. Hardin earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1977 and has been at the Natural History Museum since 1984. She was the lead curator for both the 2007-2008 exhibit, Treasures from the Vault — a selection of remarkable and rarely seen objects and specimens from the Museum’s collections — and the 2005 exhibit, Conversations — installations created by six contemporary Los Angeles artists in consultation with a curatorial team. She also curated the expansive Times Mirror Hall of Native American Cultures which opened in 1993; the permanent display Zuni Fetishes: Selections from the Boyd and Mary Evelyn Walker Collections; the reinstallation of Lost and Found Traditions: Native American Art 1965-1985; and The Community’s Choice: Selections from the African Collections. She is the author of Gifts of Mother Earth: Ceramics in the Zuni Tradition, a book and exhibit which traveled to the Heard Museum, Zuni, Arizona State University, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She has written numerous articles about the analysis of style in painted pottery decoration and won grants for wide-ranging topics of pueblo artistry and for educational programming of Native American traditions. With Nancy Parezo, she wrote “In the Realm of the Muses” for the Hidden Scholars: Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest. She is currently a Research Associate at University of California, Los Angeles’ Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
As a Collections Manager Chris Coleman is involved with the daily care and maintenance of the department’s collections. During his tenure at the museum he has been directly involved with major museum exhibits such as the Times Mirror Hall of Native American Cultures, Conversations, L.A.: light / motion / dreams, Collapse? and the new Visible Vault: Archaeological Treasures of Ancient Latin America. Currently he is working on the computerization and digitization of the Anthropology Department’s collections. Chris Coleman holds both a B.A. in Anthropology from San Jose State University and a M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. He is married and has one son and a large black cat.
KT Hajeian received her M.A. in Artifact Studies from the University College of London in 2002 and began working for the Natural History Museum in 2005. Her graduate education and subsequent private training in painting restoration focused her interest in conservation and, prior to working at the Museum, she worked with a private company that specializes in the restoration of freeway murals. At the Museum, she worked with the Education, Anthropology, and Conservation Departments before becoming a Collections Manager for Anthropology in 2008. Her background in art and conservation was useful when designing the storage mounts that would house the objects on exhibit in the Visible Vault: Archaeological Treasures from Ancient Latin America. She is currently working to digitize as much of the collection as possible to make it accessible to the public through the Museum's Web site.