Throughout her academic and professional careers, Monika has championed cross disciplinary approaches and lateral thinking. She is a strong advocate for the arts and humanities and their integral importance and practical applicability to the worlds of business, science and industry. Above all, she wants to broaden traditional perceptions of academic disciplines based on the conviction that success, creativity and innovation are not the purview of any given field but flourish when boundaries are bridged and paradigms reevaluated.

In her current position, Monika directs Duke I&E’s community outreach and learning initiatives and manages educational programs such as StudioDuke. Prior to joining Duke I&E, Monika oversaw the transition of the Washington, D.C.-based Textile Museum’s exhibition department to the newly constructed George Washington University Museum.

Her enthusiasm for entrepreneurship took root in 2007, when she joined the then one-person startup Exhibits Development Group. As Director of Curatorial Affairs, Monika provided operational oversight of the rapidly expanding company and curatorial vision for more than 25 museum exhibitions. Most notably, she directed the blockbuster exhibition “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” an exclusive collaborative effort with the Discovery Channel. She also managed collaborative initiatives with major institutions such as the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Monika holds a Ph.D. in Art History & Archaeology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explored concepts of cultural identity in multicultural societies. Other research investigated the intersection between visual art and rhetoric in medieval society and its role in the conscious shaping of habits of thought and learning.