In 2017, I was selected for a competitive summer fellowship at the Smithsonian Latino Center. Every year, the Latino Museum Studies Program hosts a small cohort of graduate students and early professionals seeking to expand their museum studies skill set and enhance their dissertations and other projects through utilizing the Smithsonian’s vast holdings. Each student or early professional is placed within a different museum or unit at the Smithsonian and embarks on a summer research project under the guidance of a curator or other museum professional.
This summer, I worked with Dr. Katherine Ott in the MedSci division of the National Museum of American History on her practicum Health Modalities and History in Latinx Communities. With her guidance, I created a collections plan for the museum to document the history of opioid use, harm reduction, and drug policy reform within Puerto Rican and Latinx communities in New York City. This collections plan will help the museum expand and contextualize its holdings around this history.
You can read more about my time at the National Museum of American History here.