Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Maryland College Park, MD USA


M.M. St., University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada

Jessica joined the Museology Graduate Program in July 2012, bringing with her more than 15 years of museum experience. Most recently, Jessica was the Director of Research & Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding, facilitating, and communicating about informal learning. While at ILI, Jessica directed dozens of applied research studies in museums across the country, seeking answers to fundamental questions about why people visit these institutions and how and what they learn. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the Museum Studies Program at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where she taught a graduate course on museum evaluation. Jessica currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Visitor Studies Association, a national membership-based organization focused on the visitor experience in museums. 

Jessica is interested in the public side of museums, and the role that museums play in people’s development over their lifespan. Her research is focused in particular on museums and youth development, family learning, and parent involvement. She has published various articles and book chapters on these topics. She is also interested in the intersection between museum research and practice, and the development of new and more accessible ways to make research results actionable in order to enhance practice in museums.

Jessica is currently working on two national grant projects, one focused on developing a research agenda for the field of children’s museums, and one focused on investigating the impacts of a museum/library after-school program. 


Recent Publications:

Luke, J.J., & McCreedy, D. (2012). Breaking down barriers: Museum as broker of home/school collaboration. Visitor Studies, 15(1), 98-113.

Luke, J.J., & McCreedy, D., Eds. (2011). Rethinking parent involvement in children’s learning. Museums & Social Issues, 5(1).

Luke, J., & Knutson, K. (2010). Beyond science: Implications of the LSIE report for art museum education. Curator: The Museum Journal, 53(2), 229-237.

Adams, M., Luke, J.J., & Ancelet, J. (2010). What we do and do not know about family learning in art museum interactive spaces: A literature review. Engage, 25, 19-30.

Diamond, J., Luke, J.J., & Uttal, D. (2009). Practical evaluation guide: Tools for museums and other informal educational settings. 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Luke, J.J., & Adams, M. (2008). What research says about learning in art museums. In P. Villeneuve (Ed.), From periphery to center: Art museum education in the 21st century. Reston, VA: National Association of Art Education.

Luke, J.J., Stein, J., Kessler, C., & Dierking, L.D. (2007). Making a difference in the lives of youth: Mapping success with the “Six Cs.” Curator: The Museum Journal, 50(4).

Luke, J.J., Stein, J., Foutz, S., & Adams, M. (2007). Research to practice: Testing a tool for assessing critical thinking in art museum programs. Journal of Museum Education, 32(2), 123-135.

McCreedy, D., & Luke, J.J. (2006). Using science to bridge home and school. In K. Tobin (Ed.), Teaching and Learning Science: A Handbook. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.