Elena Gonzales is an independent scholar focusing on curatorial work for social justice and museums’ roles in society today. Her new book, Exhibitions for Social Justice is out from Routledge’s Museum Meanings Series in 2019. Gonzales received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University in 2015. Her dissertation is entitled Museums Working for Social Justice: Resonance and Wonder. In 2012, Gonzales was a Ford Dissertation Fellow. From 2011 to 2015, she was a visiting sacholar at Northwestern University in American Studies. Gonzales received her Masters in Public Humanities from Brown in 2010. She has curated exhibitions since 2006 and has taught curatorial studies since 2010. Now she is co-chair of the exhibitions committee at the Evanston Art Center where she guides the planning of an annual schedule of roughly 20 exhibitions per year. Gonzales is also co-editor of Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects, a digital public humanities project forthcoming from Greenhouse Studios with generous support from the Whiting Foundation and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute.