Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a sociologist, writer and cultural commentator, who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. She is a regular broadcaster and a contributor to the broadsheet press on arts and cultural issues and writes a column for The Scotsman newspaper.
Her next book – Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of Antiquity Ended Up in Museums – And Why They Should Stay – is on the repatriation debate. It charts how museums acquired their objects – at times with highly questionable methods and means – exploring who owns culture and why.
Her first book – Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority – was published by Routledge, and looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains in museum collections.
She is a committee member of the Battle of Ideas and curates the arts related discussions. Previously, she was the Director of the Arts and Society Programme at the Institute of Ideas. She is currently programming the debates for the City of London Festival.
Previously, she was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, in the Department of Law, where she continues to be involved in establishing a research hub on cultural property, cultural diplomacy, art law and heritage issues.
She has been a co-convener of the British Sociological Association study group, Sociologists Outside Academia, which aims to raise the status of sociological work undertaken beyond an academic context, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
You can contact her at jenkins[dot]tiffany[at]gmail[dot]com