Michaela Paulson

Class of 2018

UCLA/Getty Conservation Program

A210 Fowler Building

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

Phone: (310) 825-9407



Michaela Paulson received her B.A. magna cum laude in Archaeology with a minor in Art History from Tufts University in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked with Rhode Island School of Design conservator Ingrid Neuman, learning conservation basics and hands-on techniques of cleaning a sculptural, mixed media topographical map.  She gained experience during her year abroad at University College London, where she took courses in the Institute of Archaeology, learning about the importance of first aid for archaeological finds. A later field school in West Dean, Sussex solidified her interest in conservation on archaeological sites. She spent the three years after graduating at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, immersed in studio art and the technical processes behind modern artistic creations, especially for metals and ceramics. Simultaneously, she was the pre-program intern in the Objects Conservation Lab at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston working on a wide range of materials. In June of 2015 she completed a course in the conservation of archaeological ceramics with the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program in Umbria, Italy. As she begins graduate work at UCLA, Michaela is interested in furthering her knowledge of treating inorganic materials, but also to delve into issues surrounding outreach and promotion of the field, with the goal of increasing the number of archaeological excavations with professional conservators.