Diane Perlov, Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Exhibits

California Science Center Biography

Diane Perlov serves as the Senior Vice President for Exhibits at the California Science Center, one of the largest science museums in the United States with an annual average attendance of 2.4 million visitors. In this capacity Dr. Perlov currently oversees the development of the Science Center’s newest expansion - the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center – a 200,000 sq. ft. expansion building featuring the space shuttle Endeavour, many other air and space artifacts and hands-on science experiences. Dr. Perlov also supervises all other exhibit programs including special exhibitions; exhibit sales and rentals; collection management; and the permanent exhibit pavilions of World of Life, Creative World, Ecosystems, and the Sketch Foundation Gallery Air & Space Exhibits.

Dr. Perlov has worked at the Oakland Museum, the Fowler Museum, and for the past thirty three years at the California Science Center. Throughout her professional career, she has been dedicated to the public understanding of science. She has curated over seven exhibitions on themes of science and technology, including four major exhibitions that have toured internationally. In addition, Dr. Perlov has developed and co-produced four ethnographic films for museum exhibition and film festivals. All the films have been selected and shown at numerous film festivals worldwide. She has worked on various international projects, served on professional committees, presented papers and led conference sessions at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Perlov earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has conducted research on livestock marketing in northern Kenya, energy conservation in rural Kenya, women’s economic enterprises in highland Bolivia, and issues related to river use and restoration among several Indian tribes in Northern California. In addition to serving on various committees of professional societies throughout her career, Dr. Perlov has been a consultant for the Royal Swedish Academy, a Research Fellow at the National Science Foundation, and has received three awards from the International Partnership Among Museums. Dr. Perlov received the 2008 International Service Citation from the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Museums for her outstanding leadership and invaluable service to the international museum community.