MPM Anthropology Curatorial Staff

Dawn Scher Thomae – Curator of Collections/Senior Collection Manager
Thomae@mpm.edu or 414-278-6157

Dawn interned at museums in Boston, Denver, and Washington D.C. and worked at the Logan Museum of Anthropology before coming back to her hometown of Milwaukee and the MPM in 1987. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies from Beloit College, and an M.S. in Anthropology from UW-Milwaukee.

As Curator of Collections, Dawn's primary responsibility is the care, documentation, and artifact research of over 100,000 African, Oceanic, Native American, South and Central American, and European ethnographic and archaeological objects.

She also trains and supervises the volunteers, interns, work-study students, and temporary employees in the department. Her interests include Native American ethnographic material culture, Native Americans in the 20th century, Central and South American ethnology, and several topics in Museum Studies.

In addition to her anthropology duties, Dawn also coordinates and teaches graduate courses in the UWM/MPM Museum Studies Graduate Program, is the Museum Internship Coordinator, and is involved a variety of museum educational programs. She is also active in the state (WFM) and regional (AMM) museum associations.


Adjunct Curators

From the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Anthropology:
Dr. Bettina Arnold, European archaeology
Dr. Jean Hudson, Zooarchaeology, South American archaeology
Dr. Robert Jeske, Midwest/local archaeology
Dr. John Richards, Midwest/local archaeology
Dr. Patricia Richards, Midwest/local archaeology
Dr. Laura Villamil, Pre-Columbian archaeology
Dr. W. Warner (Bill) Wood, Mexico/U.S. Southwest, Museum Studies

Emeritus Curators

Dr. Nancy Oestreich Lurie – Curator Emerita, North American ethnology
George Ulrich– Curator Emeritus, African & Pacific ethnology