arts and society directorTiffany Jenkins
Dr Tiffany Jenkins Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a sociologist, writer and cultural commentator. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the broadsheet press on the arts and cultural issues, including a column for the Scotsman newspaper. Her next book – Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of Antiquity Ended Up in Museums – And Why They Should Stay – is on the repatriation debate. It charts how museums acquired their objects – at times with highly questionable methods and means – exploring who owns culture and why. It will be published by Oxford University Press.
Her academic research explores challenges to authority in the cultural sector, concepts of cultural value, cultural policy, and cultural property issues such as repatriation and contested objects.
Her sociology PhD examined the construction of the problem of human remains in British museum collections with a weak social constructionist method. She is the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: the crisis of cultural authority published by Routledge in Autumn 2010.
Tiffany is the Culture Editor for the journal Sociology Compass. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and arts and society director of the Institute. She continues to assist with the arts programme of the IoI, in a voluntary capacity.
Tiffany's website, which details her journalism, research, books, broadcasting and events can be read at tiffanyjenkinsinfo.wordpress.com.