Naomi Coquillon

Naomi Coquillon

Class of 2002, America
Senior Advisor, Informal Learning & Experience Design, Library of Congress
Naomi Coquillon

Thesis Title: The Changing Face of Black Conservatism, 1890-1930

What Now: Senior Advisor, Informal Learning & Experience Design, at the Library of Congress

Follow Me: @ncoquillon (Twitter)

I use the knowledge of history, skill in textual analysis, and practice in crafting thoughtful questions that I developed as a History & Literature concentrator every day in my work in developing programs, events, and learning experiences within exhibitions at the Library of Congress. My career has taken me through a number of positions that one of my sophomore tutorial classmates once described as “very Hist & Litty” including Director of Educational Resources at a small history museum and Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. I selected History & Literature for the personalized attention and support that the tutorial system provides, and the relationships I developed with faculty and graduate students in Hist & Lit were essential to leading me to my current work. The summer after my junior year at Harvard I was accepted into an internship program at the Smithsonian, where I would later work, thanks in no small part to the recommendation of Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, who would be my senior thesis adviser. That internship introduced me to the field of museum education and has inspired my work ever since.