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Jessica Johnson

Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute
Head of Conservation
Suitland, MD
Jessica S. Johnson is the Head of Conservation at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), specializing in archaeological materials and ethnographic artifacts. Before coming to MCI in fall 2014, she worked with the University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies, and helped to establish the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, Iraq, where she lived and worked from 2009-2014. At IICAH, she served as a program director for Collection Care and Conservation (2009-2010) and most recently as the academic director (2011-2014). Jessie was the senior object conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian from 2000-2009 and conservator for the National Park Service Museum Management Program from 1997-2000. In addition to her recent five-year stint in Iraq, Jessie has had extensive experience in archaeological field conservation working with archaeologists in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Cyprus since 1983. She has developed curricula and taught extensively on conservation in the US and abroad. She received an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arizona (1986) and a B.Sc. (Hons) in archaeological conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1990) where she is currently an honorary research associate. She is currently co-editing a book on heritage conservation and development to be published by UCL Press.


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