Masum Momaya joins Museum Ideas 2019 speaker line-up

Masum Momaya. Photograph by Shan Jalla. Courtesy: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Museum Ideas is delighted to announce that Masum Momaya has joined the speaker line-up for the main conference day this year.

Masum Momaya, EdD, has 20 years of experience working at the intersection of arts and culture, social justice, and international affairs as a researcher, curator, writer, educator, grantmaker, and nonprofit organization director.

Currently, Masum is a fellow with Open Society Foundations and founder of a consulting practice Curating Words, Strategies and Sights for Justice and Rights, through which she advises foundations working on arts and social justice. She is working on a book about how to engage the principles of curatorial practice for social justice and also writing a feature film screenplay that explores reparations for colonization.

Masum has curated exhibitions and public programs about racial justice and immigrant rights at the Smithsonian Institution and about women’s rights at the International Museum of Women (now the Global Fund for Women). Previously, Momaya served as Director for North America at EDGE Funders Alliance, lead researcher and writer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and on the boards of Amnesty International’s Women’s Human Rights Program and the Third Wave Foundation. She currently serves on the board of 3Arts

Masum’s articles, podcasts, and exhibitions have been translated into more than a dozen languages, including a review of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky for the Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard. She is an avid public speaker and has taught courses at Harvard University, Stanford University, Simmons College, and the University of Maryland.

Masum’s work has been featured on NPR, the Associated Press, BBC News, Agence-France Presse, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Times of India, The Hindu, Vogue India, and

Masum earned an AB with honors and distinction in public policy and feminist studies from Stanford University and a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in human development from Harvard University. She is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco and has conducted research at the Centre for Development Studies at Oxford University.

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