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Visiting Fellow

Jennifer Newell

Pacific Ethnography Curator

Dr Jenny Newell is curator of Pacific Ethnography at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. She has previously worked as a curator at the British Museum and then as a research fellow at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Her major research projects explore the cultural impacts of climate change in the Pacific; a current focus is a collaboration with the Museum of Samoa on changing ideas about climate, houses and homes. Jenny has a PhD in Pacific History from the Australian National University and has published on Tahitian environmental history – Trading Nature: Tahitians, Europeans and Ecological Exchange – and on themes in Pacific material culture in Pacific Art in Detail. She works with Pacific diaspora communities as well as with curators, artists and scholars in the islands.