Dr. Haitham Eid is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). He earned his BA in Archaeological Conservation from Cairo University, Egypt, his MA in Museum Studies from Southern University at New Orleans, USA and his PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK.
Dr. Eid’s research interests include museum innovation models and the intersection between workplace diversity and innovation in museums. Drawing upon theories from museology, business studies, social sciences and technology literature, his research seeks to contribute towards building a museum perspective of innovation and possible ways to appropriately embed it in museum practice. Dr. Eid is the founder of the Museum Innovation Model (MIM), a framework that helps museums innovate through the use of open innovation strategies, social enterprise, and the concept of social innovation.
Dr. Eid has published articles and book chapters in major publications such as the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Museums and the Web, and The Museum Blog Book. His recent book, "Museum Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: A New Model for a Challenging Era" is published by Routledge in Mrach 2019. The book is ranked by BookAuthority as one of the best new social entrepreneurship books to read in 2019. Dr. Eid has received grant funding from local and national organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities and Jon Mitchell Foundation.
Besides teaching and supervising MA theses, Dr. Eid has served on various conference and workshop program committees. He has served on the 2016 and 2017 MCN Conference Planning Committees. He was the Co-Chair of the Cultural Heritage and Social Change Summit in 2016, and a member of the judging panel for the 2018 GLAMi Awards, which recognize and celebrate the most innovative projects in the cultural heritage sector annually.