Susan KaplanDirector of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Susan A. Kaplan is professor of anthropology and director of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center. She is an Arctic anthropologist and archaeologist who undertakes archaeological field work in the north. Her research focuses on the eastern North American Arctic, where she studies prehistoric and historic Inuit responses to environmental change and culture contact with the West using archaeology, ethnohistory, visual anthropology (still photographs and films), and paleoenvironmental data. Also, she studies the history of Arctic exploration using many of the same investigative tools. Most of her work takes place in Labrador, Canada, though she has worked in Alaska and Ellesmere Island as well. As museum director she is responsible for building the museum’s permanent collections, raising funds for the preservation and digitization of the museum’s artifact and archival holdings, overseeing exhibition and outreach initiatives, and mentoring undergraduates interested in northern work or museum careers.