Dr. Marisa Karyl Franz is a Faculty Fellow in Museum Studies at NYU. She works in the areas of museum history and religious studies, with particular attention to ethnographic collection, material religion, Russia and Siberia in the 19th century, and intellectual history. In particular, her research and teaching explore the relationship between classification and the production of knowledge, and the ways that collectors named and gathered ethnographic materials for museums in the 19th century. Her manuscript, A Gathering of Local Names: Classifying and Collecting for Siberian Museums, 1880-1910, draws on archival materials to examine local Siberian museums and collectors in late Imperial Russia. She is now beginning work on a new project focused on the Arctic and material preservation.