Daniel Tucker dressed in a navy blazer and a denim shirt and standing in front of a stone and brick backdrop

Museum Studies (MA)

Daniel Tucker is an associate professor and program director of Museum Studies.



Daniel Tucker helps artists and activists to create impactful work, and as arts leader, has been sought out for the past two decades as a curatorial, programming and communications collaborator and consultant for a range of organizations across the country. He serves on the College Art Association’s Museum Committee, and in 2022, was the organizer of the 15th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. His long-term engagement with the museum field has included curating exhibitions and events, serving on advisory boards, and convening numerous forums on public engagement and curatorial research.

Earlier in his career, he created numerous documentary projects, edited the magazine AREA Chicago, and worked with Rebecca Zorach and Skyla Hearn on the Never The Same oral history and archive project, which also convened forums on grassroots community archiving and memory work. Today, much of his work grows from his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.

As a curator his exhibitions have toured nationally and internationally, and his latest exhibit grew out of the co-authored book (with Dan S. Wang and Anthony Romero) Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in the Age of Pandemic (Soberscove, 2022), which was picked as one of the Best Art Books of 2022 by Hyperallergic. He has also written for monographs, exhibition catalogs, magazines and journals and has edited several books and publications. His writing has recently appeared in The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking (2021, with Cassie Fennel) and The Routledge Companion to Art and Activism in the Twenty-First Century (2023).


  • Tucker has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan; the University of Chicago, Illinois; and Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia. 

  • In summer 2023, he was named the research network chair of Arts In Society, an international conference, where he will collaborate with a range of partners and speakers on three continents for a series of annual gatherings. The conference will also include the creation of a new journal, which will launch in 2024 and focus on engagement curating.

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