Portrait of Dustin M. WaxDustin M. Wax is the Executive Director at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. A cultural anthropologist by training, he has taught anthropology and women’s studies at both the community college and university levels. He has worked extensively in the museum and nonprofit worlds, with stints at the UNLV Barrick Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Jewish Museum, as well as the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. His research interests include artistic production, the history of anthropology, gender roles and sexual identity,  and the representation of culture and identity in scientific literature, museums, and the mass media. He is the author of Don’t Be Stupid: A Guide to Learning, Studying, and Succeeding at College and editor of Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War: The Influence of Foundations, McCarthyism, and the CIA.

Dustin has also been active in attempts to use the Internet to improve and broaden research and education, and is a founding contributor to the anthropology site Savage Minds, selected as one of the 20 Best Science Blogs by Nature in 2006. From 2007-2010, he was the managing editor at the personal productivity site, a Technorati Top 100 blog, where he wrote about writing, learning, studying, project management, technology, and other topics in personal development.

For more information on his teaching, research, and writing, please check out his portfolio at this site.

Personal Summary

I received my MA from the New School for Social Research and a BA from UC Santa Cruz, both in anthropology with honors in the major. After teaching as an adjunct for 8 years, I took a position at the UNLV Barrick Museum where I curated several shows and worked to cultivate relationships with a number of community arts organizations. In 2011, I was appointed Acting Executive Director of The Burlesque Hall of Fame, a position which became permanent (and full-time) in mid-2012, where I have worked to strengthen the museum’s foundations while expanding its programming and presence in the burlesque community. In 2018, we opened in a permanent space in downtown Las Vegas, where we received “Best Museum of Las Vegas – Bronze” in the 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s “Best of Las Vegas” poll.

In addition to museum work, I have served on the board of a couple of local arts organizations and galleries, the Contemporary Arts Center and Blackbird Studios and currently serve on the board of the Nevada Museums Association. I am an amateur photographer who has shown at several local galleries, including Blackbird Studios, the Arts Factory, the UNLV Barrick Museum, and the Las Vegas Mayor’s office. I have written (or edited) and published two books, one on anthropology during the Cold War and another teaching school-life balance skills for college students, in addition to numerous pieces written for mainstream magazines, websites, and academic publications. I am also an undistinguished guitar player and a voracious reader.