Alicia Stevens

Alicia Stevens

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2017 PhD Archaeology
  • Jesus College

At the University of Cambridge, my PhD work in archaeological heritage and museum studies interrogates the difficult cultural heritage of colonial and military oppression in post-junta Myanmar. The PhD inquiry builds on my Cambridge MPhil dissertation on the use of strategic ambiguity in museum interpretation to manipulate political outcomes. Believing in general that engagement is more effective than embargo for achieving positive change, I worked in Myanmar between 2001 and 2010 when the country was under authoritarian military rule and international political and economic sanctions. Working for the American Museum of Natural history in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General, the goal of the work I did there was to consult on the protection of cultural and natural heritage and to promote international civilian diplomacy through educational tourism amid international isolation. Two decades of museum experience - at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City - and museum-related travel to 100+ countries, inform my work at Cambridge and my PhD fieldwork in Myanmar. I am deeply honored to be a part of the Gates Cambridge global network of scholars and believe that collaboration with this community will ultimately benefit the people of Myanmar at this significant moment in their history. My previous academic experience includes an M.Phil. from Cambridge, an M.Sc. from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Michigan. My extra-academic passions are advanced open water SCUBA diving, motorcycling, and cultural and adventure travel.

Previous Education

Columbia University
University of Cambridge