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Rae Ostman

Rae Ostman

Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Rae Ostman is a research professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, co-director of the Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning, and director of the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Ostman has broad experience planning, developing, implementing, and studying museum exhibits, programs, media, and other learning experiences in partnership with diverse organizations.


  • PhD, Anthropological Archaeology, New York University, 2002
  • MA, Anthropological Archaeology, New York University, 1997
  • BA, `Cultural Analysis of Arts, Cornell University, 1994

Journal Articles


Ostman, R. 2019. Creating conversation, not controversy. Museum (March/April):34-39.

Ostman, R. 2019. Small museums, big role: Powering the NISE Network. Dimensions (March/April):35-39. (link )

Ostman, R., M. L. Zirulnik and J. McCullough Cosgrove. 2019. Storytelling, science, and religion: Promoting reflection and conversation about societal issues. Curator: The Museum Journal 62(2):117-134. DOI: 10.1111/cura.12301. (link )


Ostman, R., S. Chu and M. Mader. 2018. Interpreting objects through digital games: The ROM Game Jam. Exhibition 37(11):40-51. (link )


Ostman, R. 2017. Conversations about technology and society: Techniques and strategies to encourage civic engagement in museums. Science Education & Civic Engagement 9(2):47-58. (link )


Ostman, R. and C. M. McCarthy. 2015. Nano: Creating an exhibition that is inclusive of multiple and diverse audiences. Exhbitionist 34(2):34-39. (link )


Ostman, R., B. Herring, A. Jackson, I. Bennett and J. Wetmore. 2013. Making meaning through conversations about science and society. Exhibitionist (Spring):42-47. (link )


Ostman, R. 1997. Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it: Re-evaluating the process of Russian state formation. Archaeological News 21/22:73-91.

Book Chapters


Reich, C., S. Pattison, V. Olney, M. Bequette, S. Cohn, E. Kunz Kollmann and R. Ostman. 2019. NISE Net: Team-based inquiry. Pp. 53-63 In: Martin, L. W., L. U. Tran and D. Ash eds., The Reflective Museum: Expanding Practice in Science Museums. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1629582221.


Long, S. and R. Ostman. 2012. Using theatre and film to engage the public in nanotechnology. Pp. 59-64 In: van Lentz, H., C. Coenen, T. Fleischer, K. Konrad, L. Krabbenborg, C. Milburn, F. Thoreau and T. B. Zulsdorf eds., Little by Little: Expansions of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies. Vol 3. ISBN: 978-1-61499-148-9.