American Studies
American Studies

Gaila Sims


Masters Student
Gaila Sims

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Interests


Public History, Slavery, Museums, Public Memory, African American History, Black Feminism, Museum Education, Archives

Biography


Gaila Sims is an MA student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Riverside, California, she graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in History and African American Studies. Her research focuses on slavery and public history, and her current project is about the Whitney Plantation Museum, in Wallace, Louisiana. She is interested in the ways history museums present information about slavery to their public, whether in exhibitions, tours, or on their websites.

 

In addition to writing about museums, Gaila also has experience working in museums, first on the education staff for the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Austin, Texas, later on the events staff at Austin’s Asian American Resource Center, and currently as a Family Programs Assistant at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. She also works as a Graduate Research Associate at the Harry Ransom Center, where she assists in the Reading and Viewing Room and with Instructional Services.

 

Gaila is currently in the process of completing a Portfolio in Museum Studies, and conducts interviews for the American Studies Department's Alumni Interview Series. 

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