Rose is Project Curator for EMKP and responsible for several aspects of the programme including grantees, museum and collections engagement, and EMKP volunteers. Rose’s background is in Anthropology and Art History and her interests include Indigenous material culture and the intersection of social and environmental anthropology, specialising in socio-cultural and visual anthropology, contemporary Native American art, material and visual culture. She has conducted fieldwork in Ngong, Kenya, working with women of the community; research documenting the impact of resource-extraction on the Penan of Sarawak, Borneo; and fieldwork with urban Native American artists in Los Angeles. Rose is completing her Ph.D. in Anthropology at UCL which focuses on contemporary Native American and wider-Indigenous artists in Los Angeles who use visual practices as a means of communicating their experience as an Indigenous person today, and contributing to revitalisation, reclamation and re-Indigenisation of their culture and spaces.
Before joining EMKP, Rose held research positions in the Economic Botany and Library, Art and Archives departments at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution where she carried out research into Native American Chumash basket collections and their contemporary revitalisation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian.