Christina F. Kreps

Christina F. Kreps

Director, Museum of Anthropology and Museum & Heritage Studies. Professor, Anthropology

What I do

My current positions are: Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Director of Museum and Heritage Studies, and Museum of Anthropology


Museum Anthropology, Anthropology and Critical theory of museums, Indigenous and Decolonizing methodologies, cross-cultural and comparative museology, international cultural policy and development, Southeast Asia/Indonesia/Borneo

Professional Biography

Ph.D. 1994 Univ. of Oregon. Anthropology
M.A. 1988 Oregon. International Studies
B.A. 1981 Colorado College. Anthropology
born 1956 Muncie, IN


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • MA, International Studies, University of Oregon, 1988

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums)


I am currently conducting research and writing on religion and museums, focusing particularly on how sacred, ceremonial, an religious objects are treated in museums from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. Using examples from my fieldwork Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the US.

Areas of Research

museum anthropology
decolonizing museums
Indigenous museology

Featured Publications

Kreps, C. F. (2019). Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement. London: Routledge.


Kreps, C. F. (2019). "Staying with the Trouble" - Diversity and Universality. International Council of Museums/ committee on ethnography. Kyoto, Japan: International Council of Museums.
Kreps, C. f. (2018). Intercultural Curation as a Model for Engaging Difference. Multiple Voices of a Colonised World. Vienna, Austria: Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity, and Heritage. European Union Creative Europe Program.
Kreps, C. F. (2019). Intercultural Curation and Engaging Difference. Chicago: Filed Museum Chicago.
Kreps, C. F. (2018). Promoting Museological Diversity as Cultural Diversity. Museums without Borders in the Circum-Pacific Region. Puebla, Mexico: UNESCO-Mexico.
Kreps, C. F. (2018). Pragmatic Imagination and the New Museum Anthropology. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference. San Jose, California: American Anthropological Association.