Profile profile for FeingoldE
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, History
MSc., University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), Economic and Social History
D.Phil., University of Oxford (Merton College), History
- The history of money and monetary objects
- The history of counterfeiting and forgery
- Imperial and global history, focusing on mechanisms of colonial rule and the process of decolonization in sub-Saharan Africa
I am the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC), a global collection of approximately 1.6 million objects that span more than 3,500 years. I am also serving as team leader for a group of curators in the Division of Work and Industry working on global history topics including philanthropy and Asian Pacific American history.
- Curator of The Value of Money exhibition
- Project director and curator of Women on Money, a display inspired by the U.S. Treasury's plans to redesign U.S. banknotes to feature historic American women
Collecting and Digitization Initiatives:
- Co-PI with Dr. Leigh Gardner for research-led digitzation of the NNC's West African currency collection, funded ($50,000) by the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund at the London School of Economics
- Collecting contemporary currencies and documenting the development of new monetary technologies worldwide
Feingold, Ellen R. The Value of Money. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015.
Feingold, Ellen R. Colonial Justice and Decolonization in the High Court of Tanzania, 1920-1971. Palgrave Macmillan (Cambridge Imperial and Post-colonial Studies Series), 2018.
As a student at the University of Oxford, Dr. Feingold held the Clarendon Scholarship, John Roberts Scholarship, Beit Research Scholarship, and Designated Research Studentship in Modern History. She received numerous grants in support of her doctoral research on the development and decolonization of the High Court of Tanzania. She was also awarded a special prize from the Robert Herbert Memorial Fund for her research on the history of the British Colonial Legal Service. After completing her doctorate, Feingold joined the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum as a Project Curator for the Money in Africa project. She was a co-curator of a display on mobile money in Africa in the Citi Money Gallery in 2013.
- African Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
- American Historical Association
- Popular Culture Association