Tiffany Jenkins

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Tiffany Jenkins
Occupation Author, journalist, academic
Nationality British
Notable works Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority;
Political Culture, Soft Interventions and Nation Building;
Keeping Their Marbles
Spouse Iain Macwhirter

Tiffany Jenkins is a sociologist, cultural commentator and writer, and is Culture Editor for the journal Sociology Compass. She is the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections (2011), which looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains in museum collections; and of Keeping Their Marbles (2016), which examines the controversies surrounding the Elgin Marbles, and the wider debate on the repatriation of cultural heritage. She is editor of a multi-authored book of essays, Political Culture, Soft Interventions and Nation Building (2015), which examines the act of cultural intervention in countries that have been devastated by conflict.

She is a regular contributor to the broadsheet press on the arts and cultural issues, including a column for The Scotsman newspaper.

Jenkins has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and arts and society director of the Institute of Ideas.


  • Jenkins, Tiffany (2011). Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: the crisis of cultural authority. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415879606. 
  • Jenkins, Tiffany (2012). "'Who are we to decide?' The targeting of professional authority in the contestation over human remains in British museums". Journal of Cultural Sociology. 6: 455–470. 
  • Jenkins, Tiffany (2013). "Old Skeletons, Pagans and Museums: why human remains are a bone of contention". In Best, Joel; Harris, Scott R. Making sense of social problems: new images, new issues. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner. pp. 91–106. ISBN 9781588268556. 
  • Jenkins, Tiffany, ed. (2015). Political Culture, Soft Interventions and Nation Building. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138793569. 
  • Jenkins, Tiffany (2016). Keeping Their Marbles: how the treasures of the past ended up in museums – and why they should stay there. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199657599. [1]


  1. ^ Beck, Stefan (13 June 2016). "THE MAGAZINE: From the June 13 Issue Out of Harm's Way The case for keeping Art above Politics (Book Review)". Weekly Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • [1] Radio 4 programme, Forethought, Judgement at Last, September, 2014.
  • [2] Radio 4 programme, Beauty and the Brain, presented by Tiffany Jenkins, January 2014.
  • [3] Radio 4 discussion programme: Start the Week with Lisa Jardine, James Weatherall, Kenneth Cukier, Tiffany Jenkins and Marcus du Sautoy in February 2013.
  • [4] Radio 4 discussion: The Value of Culture Today with Melvyn Bragg, Christopher Frayling, Matt Ridley, and Tiffany Jenkins, recorded in January 2013.