Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a new Curator in the Division of Home and Community Life with interests and expertise in 20th century visual and material culture of the Western United States, Pacific Rim, and Mexico; Race, Citizenship and National Identity in U.S. urban history; U.S. Latina/o History and Culture; Cultural Studies and 20th Century Cultural History in the U.S.; and K-20 Education.
B.A., California State University of Los Angeles, Liberal Studies
M.A., University of Southern California, American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D., University of Southern California, American Studies and Ethnicity
- U.S. Chicana/o and Latina/o History
- Immigration and transnational history of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region and the Pacific Rim
- Asian American Studies
- Comparative Race Relations in the 20th-Century U.S.
- Media Studies with an emphasis on Television, Photography, and New Media
- Visual and Material Culture of Latinas/os in the U.S.
- Civil Rights and Human Rights Law
- Women’s and Gender Studies.
Dr. Salazar-Porzio will be working with colleagues to document Latino(a) history and culture, and serve as co-curator of the Our American Journey: Many Voices One Nation exhibition that will open in 2016.
- Our American Journey: Many Voices, One Nation
- Expanding Latina/o Collections
- Latino DC History Project
- The Worlds We Make
Before joining the SI National Museum of American History, Salazar-Porzio served as an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School (2011-2013), and held a Smithsonian Institution Latina/o Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2011). In addition to receiving research fellowships from the Guggenheim (2006), Rockefeller (2003-2004), and National Science Foundations (2004), Salazar-Porzio was also a primary education teacher in Los Angeles, California, where she received a local Teacher of the Year award (2004).
- American Studies Association
- American Historical Association
- Association of Asian American Studies
- Campus Compact for Faculty Diversity in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
- Cultural Studies Association
- Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
- National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
- National Association for Ethnic Studies
- Organization of American Historians
- Urban History Association