Dr. Edward M. Luby teaches courses in the Museum Studies curriculum on museum governance, museum administration and management, cultural heritage preservation, NAGPRA, fundraising, and cultural property issues.
Dr. Luby was formerly Associate Director of the Berkeley Natural History Museums, a consortium of campus museums with over 100 staff members across 7 separate institutional entities: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Museum of Paleontology, Essig Museum of Entomology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Botanical Garden, University and Jepson Herbaria, and the California Biodiversity Center.
While at Berkeley, Dr. Luby developed and implemented research and educational initiatives, managed and advised staff, supervised regulatory compliance for collections, and conducted independent and collections-based research. He has generated substantial funds from private and governmental sources to support digitization of archives, field station development, research equipment, collections research, collections preservation and storage, dating of collections, documentation of Native American collections, conference funding, employment of museum scientists and preparators, and development of K-12 initiatives.
Prior to his position as Associate Director, Dr. Luby was Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the NAGPRA Unit for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley. He supervised the university's compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the employment and training of up to 15 staff and numerous students, raised funds for this unit, and worked with Native groups in California and elsewhere in the U.S. on the repatriation of cultural objects and human remains.