Graduate Student Profile

Heneghan, Tyler

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  • Department: Art History/CHAPS

Tyler Heneghan is a Ph.D. student in Art History and Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. He studies the history of museums and Native art and cultural heritage in North America. His current interests include contemporary Native art, art audiences and exhibition design, commemoration and public memory, and cultural heritage law and policy.

Tyler received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2021 while serving as the 39th editor in chief of the Boston University International Law Journal, Certificate in International Cultural Heritage Law from Université de Genève in 2019, M.S. in Anthropology from Illinois State University in 2018, and B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wright State University in 2016. Previously, he held internships at the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, Earthjustice’s Tribal Partnerships, and the Center for Art Law.

His current publications include “Reframing ‘Art’ to Art: Deterring Looters and Injecting Contemporary Native American Art through Charitable Deductions” in the UCLA Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance; “Spracklen (33GR1585): New Insights into Short-Term Middle Woodland Sites in the Uplands” in the Journal of Ohio Archaeology (co-authored with G. Logan Miller); “Bladelet Polish: A Lithic Analysis of Spracklen (33GR1585), an Upland Hopewell Campsite” (M.S. thesis); and numerous online blogs and articles with the Boston University School of Law: Dome and the Center for Art Law.

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