Wonderful Women Wednesday: Magdalena Mieri

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Magdalena Mieri is a cultural anthropologist who has been the director of the Program in Latino History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History since 2005. Prior to that, she served as the programs manager at the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, now known as the Smithsonian Latino Center, between 1998 and 2004 and as a museum program specialist with the Smithsonian’s Center for Museum Studies from 1995 to 1998.

Mieri stands in front of an exhibit case with a panel, titled "The Delano Grape Strike." In the case

As the head of the Program in Latino History, ensures that the Latinx experience in the United States is represented throughout the Museum’s exhibitions and public programs. She was on the team behind Many Voices, One Nation, which opened in 2017, and leads related public programs and educational initiatives based on immigration stories. 

She earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from the Argentine Institute of Museology in 1986. 

She is the co-editor of Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration (2013) and contributed to 10 Must Reads: Inclusion - Empowering New Audiences (2014).

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