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Sherilyne Jones is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF). She is an alumna of the University of Leicester, U.K. with a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of South Florida.  She is passionate about interdisciplinary work but is an archaeologist and museum educator by training who specializes in cultural preservation. Prior to starting her doctoral studies in 2020, she worked in various capacities including senior archaeologist and director of the Museum of Belize & Houses of Culture, under the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in Belize. She is passionate about culture and museums and envisions that museums should become more reflective of their communities.  She has been involved in archaeological excavations (as an archaeologist at NICH), strategic planning, cultural policy development, co-editor of the Belize Archaeology Journal, and curated numerous exhibitions. She is the current Student Representative on the board of the Society for Applied Anthropology and member of several museum organizations and past president of the Museums Association of the Caribbean. 

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