Pamela Erskine-Loftus is the director of The Media Majlis. She received her MA in museum studies from the University of Leicester, UK, with a dissertation with distinction of the effects of the 1991 Gulf War on art museums in Kuwait and Iraq, and a PhD in Arabian Peninsula Museology from Newcastle University, UK.
Her professional experience includes appointments in the US at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior positions in the Arabian Peninsula include with Sharjah Museums Department, UAE, where she was founding head of interpretation and education, and with Qatar Museums where she was concept curator for a new museum.
She is the editor and contributor to three books: Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc. 2013), Museums and the Material World: Collecting the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc. 2014), and Representing the Nation: heritage, museums, identity and national narratives in the Arab Gulf States (Routledge, 2016). Recent publications include as editor of the inaugural edition of Multaqa: a forum for Gulf Museum Educators (vol.1, spring 2016), a new professional journal on museum practices in the region, and an essay on Peninsula museums as creators of visual identities in Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: an anthology (Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2016). In 2012 Erskine-Loftus created MAPcollective, an online platform on Peninsula museum practice and research.