Tiffany Jenkins

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Tiffany Jenkins
OccupationAuthor, journalist, academic
Notable worksContesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority;
Political Culture, Soft Interventions and Nation Building;
Keeping Their Marbles
SpouseIain Macwhirter

Tiffany Jenkins is a British sociologist, cultural commentator and writer, and is culture editor for the journal Sociology Compass.


She is the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections (2011), which looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains in museum collections; and of Keeping Their Marbles (2016), which examines the controversies surrounding the Parthenon Marbles, and the wider debate on the repatriation of cultural heritage. [1] However, Jenkins' arguments have been described by experts in the field as "clumsy and shallow, and on occasion misleading" in addition to contributing to "the normalization of extremist discourse" in museology. [2] In spite of this, Jenkins has continued to argue that western museums should not return said treasures. [3]

She is editor of a multi-authored book of essays, Political Culture, Soft Interventions and Nation Building (2015), which examines the act of cultural intervention in countries that have been devastated by conflict. [4]

She is a regular contributor to the broadsheet press on the arts and cultural issues, including a column for The Scotsman newspaper. [5]

Jenkins is an Honorary Fellow in Department of Art History at the University of Edinburgh. [6] She was previously a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and arts and society director of the Institute of Ideas. [7]


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  1. "Losing Our Marbles? Museums Should Not Return Cultural Treasures I So What You're Saying Is" via
  2. "Review of: Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums…and Why They Should Stay There". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN   1055-7660.
  3. Jenkins, Tiffany (25 November 2018). "Why western museums should keep their treasures". The Observer. ISSN   0029-7712 . Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  4. Political culture, soft interventions and nation building. Tiffany Jenkins. London. 2015. ISBN   978-1-138-79356-9. OCLC   870663863.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. Jenkins, Tiffany (13 November 2012). "Art and politics don't mix". The Scotsman.
  6. ThemeFuse. "Tiffany Jenkins". Toby Mundy Associates. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  7. London School of Economics and Political Science (4 October 2016). "Museums in a Global Age". London School of Economics.
  8. Beck, Stefan (31 March 2017). "Out of Harm's Way [review of Keeping Their Marbles]". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 7 June 2019.