This position is located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.


The incumbent serves as a member of the professional research staff with duties related to the history of slavery in America from the colonial era through emancipation and the era of Reconstruction. Working with the Supervisory Curator of History and the director of the Center for the Study of Global Slavery, the incumbent serves as a subject matter expert on the history of slavery and emancipation and as curator of record for collections relating to the institution of slavery, emancipation and the era of Reconstruction. The incumbent will be directly involved in the activities of the Freemen’s Bureau Project as well as the Center for the Study of Global Slavery. Duties include defining and building a world-class collection relating to slavery and emancipation; overseeing the acquisition, cataloguing, interpretation and care and preservation of the collection; conducting research for exhibitions, publications and programs; planning interpretive exhibitions, publications and programs; providing public service by responding to public inquiries, making public and professional presentations and participating in public programs.