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Gardullo, Paul

Director, Center for the Study of Global Slavery and Supervisory Museum Curator


African American history and culture; American social and cultural history; global slavery; public history; memory; race; popular culture, photography and visual culture, folklife

Professional Biography

  • Dr. Paul Gardullo is an historian and a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He directs the NMAAHC’s Center for the Study of Global Slavery, which hosts or co-convenes three international collaborative initiatives, the Slave Wrecks Project and the Global Curatorial Project. The Center has also recently joined the Slave Voyages consortium. Since 2007, Paul has worked at the NMAAHC and was part of the core team focused on building the museum’s foundational collections and conceiving and crafting its inaugural exhibitions. He curated the inaugural exhibition “The Power of Place” and was the co curator and co-editor of the exhibition "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise." He is the project director for a new exhibition entitled “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and its Legacies” that will open with the Museum’s 5th anniversary and is co-editor of the companion volume that accompanies the exhibition.