Kris specializes in museums and informal learning. For over 30 years, she studied how museums intersect with, influence, and reflect the ways that we define ourselves and our futures as individuals, communities, and nations. She was previously the Curator of Interpretation at the Michigan State University Museum, the founding editor of the journal Museums & Social Issues, and Director of the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington. Her recent research efforts have focused on dialogue-based programs, professional development, and museum engagement in social issues. Kris is leading two museum projects at Knology. One study examines how museums represent personal identity, and how that representation relates to issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. The other study explores how informal STEM learning institutions are addressing societal challenges and how they situate STEM knowledge and scientific reasoning in their engagement.