Tiffany Isselhardt holds a Master's in Public History from Appalachian State University, with specialization in museum administration and exhibitions. She is also certified in protecting human research participants, the National Incident Management and Command System (ICS), and as a Big Historian.
She serves as the Kentucky Museum's Development and Marketing Manager, where she oversees all aspects of fundraising, membership, and grant writing. She also assists with securing new marketing avenues and marketing exhibits and programs, advising on museum administration and strategic planning, and pursuit of American Alliance of Museums accreditation. During her time with the Kentucky Museum, she has led development efforts resulting in over $150,000 in grants and sponsorships. She has also led exhibition curation for Out of the Box (2019-20) and Gazing Deeply: The Art and Science of Mammoth Cave (2019-2021).
Isselhardt brings nearly a decade of experience in interpreting history and developing programs, exhibitions, and development plans for museums. She previously worked with Museum Hack, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Hickory Ridge Homestead, Theodore Roosevelt Center, Gulf Coast Archaeology Research Institute, and as a teaching and research assistant. She has led over 20 exhibitions, 2 podcast series, and various collaborative projects. Isselhardt also volunteers as Program Developer for Girl Museum, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girlhood.
Her research interests include girls' identity formation in museums, women's history, and material culture studies. In 2013, her paper on "Barbie: The Bitch Who Has Everything" won best paper at both the Brian Bertoti Graduate Conference at Virginia Tech and the Appalachian State University Phi Alpha Theta/Women's Studies Forum. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review, American Alliance of Museum's and ExhibiTricks blogs, The Museum Blog Book, Feminism and Museums, and several women's history encyclopedias. Her first book, Exploring American Girlhood in 50 Historic Treasures, will be published in November 2020.