Profile profile for MieriMA

Magdalena Mieri

Director, Special Initiatives and Director, Program in Latino History and Culture

M.A. Anthropology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1991

B.A. Museum Studies, Argentine Institute of Museology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1986

Research Specialties: 

Magdalena's research specialties are in the interpretation and representation of Latino cultures in the United States. She has published a number of essays on this topic, most recently "Are We There Yet?" in The Inclusive Museum: 10 Must Read, Museums Etc. Edinburg, 2014.

She is the co-editor of "Open Borders to a Revolution: Cultures, Politics and Migration”. Smithsonian Scholarly Press, Washington, DC 2013.

Role in Museum: 

Magdalena organizes and implements a variety of programs focusing on the Latino experience in the United States. Her role as Director, Program in Latino History and Culture is to develop collaborations across the museum, and at the local and national levels, to tell the rich stories of Latinos.


Magdalena is currently working on a series of public programs based on immigration and migration stories for inter generational museum audiences. She is a team member of the upcoming exhibition Many Voices, One Nation and a member of the executive committee for Our American Journey, a long-term, pan-institutional project that seeks to collect, interpret and represent migration/immigration as central to American history. Magdalena leads the education initiative that will provide educators in k-12 with new teaching materials about migration/immigration.

In the past, she was responsible for creating the Latino Virtual Gallery at the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, the first national conference at the Smithsonian on the Interpretation Representation of Latino cultures in museums, and a ten year old training program on museums and Latino communities.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland at College Park.
  • American Association of Museums
  • Society of Applied Anthropology