Sarah Anne Carter is the Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining SoHE, she was the Curator and Director of Research at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she collaboratively curated various museum exhibitions and directed Chipstone’s Think Tank Program in support of progressive curatorial practice. Carter has worked in and around museums since she was thirteen years old and is very curious about the ways objects are used to convey information and tell stories.
Carter's interdisciplinarity training in American Studies and Material Culture allows her to consider a wide range of sources as she investigate histories of children and childhood, museums, domestic interiors and the home, and American social and cultural life more broadly. She is currently working on two new projects, an article on the history of the Practice Cottage at the School of Human Ecology and a new book that will offer an affective or emotional history of the American museum, tentatively called “Museum Feelings.”