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Jennifer Kirker Priest Jennifer Kirker Priest, Director
The Anthropology Museum

Jennifer Kirker-Priest loves being the Director of the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University and faculty in the interdisciplinary Museum Studies Graduate Certificate program.  She studied Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Pennsylvania State University where she followed a passion for Mesoamerican archaeology.
She still remembers the excitement of finding that first pot sherd, that first evidence of ancient human occupation, and the awe that comes with such a discovery. Jennifer hopes to give every visitor to the Museum a sense of that awe and discovery as they learn more about anthropology and cultural diversity



Laura McDowell Hopper

Laura McDowell Hopper, Curator
The Anthropology Museum

Laura McDowell Hopper can’t wait to get to work every morning. As Curator of the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, she gets to spend her days caring for the museum’s collection, creating exhibits, and sharing her passion for museums with NIU students.   She earned a master’s degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s in History Specializing in Museum Studies from Michigan State University.  Laura believes that objects have multiple stories to tell and strives to bring those stories through life for the museum’s visitors.


Museum Executive Advisory Board:
Richard Cooler, Carmen Cordogan, Ron Klein, John Maniatis, Catherine Raymond, Kerry Sagebiel, Dana Stover, Kendall Thu,and Student Representative Katy Voight