About Me


Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Makinsey Hamblin. I am a Colorado native who is excited to be attending American University as a freshman this fall.

I am a member of the Community Based Research Scholar Program at AU.  I am thrilled to work with D.C.’s communities to make the lives of the people that live here better. Research is one of my passions as I enjoy learning about the world around me. I am looking forward to doing research that will have a tangible positive impact on the DMV area while in this program.

Museums are another passion of mine. I have volunteered at my local museum for a few summers. I love the people and the work and I can not wait to contribute to other organizations. I have also shadowed the director of the Colorado Children’s museum and interviewed the director of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  I completed a year-long research project examining high schoolers’ perceptions of virtual museums. Essentially I am a huge museum nerd, and I am eager to explore what can arguably be called the city of museums.

Looking into the future my ultimate career goal is to be the first female director of the Smithsonian. Hopefully, after directing the Smithsonian’s Women’s History Museum.

One thing is certain I know living in D.C. is going to be an adventure, and I can’t wait to see where the next four years will take me.