American Studies
American Studies

Gaila Sims


Doctoral Student
Gaila Sims

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

Biography


Gaila Sims is a doctoral 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 state history museum interpretation of the history of slavery. She is interested in the ways history museums present information about slavery to their publics, 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 as a Family Programs Assistant at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. From 2017-2019, she worked at the Harry Ransom Center as a Graduate Research Associate. 

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