The MESDA Summer Institute is led by MESDA Curator Dr. Daniel Ackermann (’07). In addition to Dr. Ackermann, students work closely with MESDA curators and staff including Robert Leath (’91), Chief Curator; Gary Albert (’08), Director of MESDA Research; Johanna Brown (’93), Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts; Jenny Garwood, Adjunct Curator of Textiles; and Frank Vagnone, President and CEO of Old Salem Museums & Gardens and author of The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums.

During the Institute, students will also work with a number of distinguished curators and scholars from other museums and academic institutions.  Among those joining the class are: