Dr. Kristen Lippincott is a Director and founding member of The Exhibitions Team, a consortium of museum professionals specializing in heritage consultancy, project management, curatorial and conservation issues, and 2-D and 3-D design. Until 2006, she was Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum for six years- and, before that, she was the Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.She came to the museum world with a strong academic background, having received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1987.
She has published extensively on subjects relating to art history, cultural history, the history of science, and on scientific instruments. She has been awarded a series of prestigious academic awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, and two Samuel H. Kress Fellowships.In the academic year 2003/2004, she was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Center for Renaissance Studies at the Vila I Tatti in Florence.
She is currently completing a book on celestial mapping and the changing iconography of the constellations from antiquity to the Renaissance.