Dr Sarah Feinstein

Dr Sarah Feinstein


I joined the School of Performance and Cultural Industries in September 2019. Previously, I worked as a Lecturer in Museology in the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester in 2018.

I have worked for many years in the heritage sector both in the United States and United Kingdom. In collections management, I have worked at the National Gallery of Art (USA) and the Repatriation Department at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian). I have worked in the UK as a collections assistant at the Women’s Art Library in London and researcher with the Prison’s Memory Archive in Belfast. I also have experience working in policy with the Seattle Arts Commission and the Local Arts Agency Division of the National Endowment for the Arts (USA). 

I have published on a range of subjects related to the cultural industries, from representation of women in the gaming industry in museum exhibitions to heritage interpretation in Northern Ireland. My most recent work is a co-edited volume Full Throttle Franchise: The Culture, Business and Politics of Fast and Furious (Bloomsbury 2023).


  • Deputy Director of Student Education, School of Performance & Cultural Industries
  • Programme Leader for the MA in Audience Engagement & Participation

Research interests

My research interests focus on culture as a site of power and resistance. I am particularly interested in the social capital of participation in the arts, the critical pedagogy of heritage management and film cultures.

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  • PhD in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, University of Manchester
  • Masters in Creative and Critical Analysis, Sociology, Goldsmiths University London
  • Masters in Arts Management and Exhibition Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BA in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Student education

I teach in a variety of capacities in both undergraduate and postgratuate modules in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.

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