Skip to main content

Marsh, Diana

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History


Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA). I study how heritage institutions produce and share knowledge. My current research focuses on the digital dissemination of archival and museum collections.

    At the Smithsonian, I am leading a three-year NSF-funded project to research the use, access, and discoverability of the NAA's collections. I am currently finishing a project with the American Philosophical Society's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research to collect stories about the uses and effects of digitized ethnographic collections for Native and Indigenous communities. I am also working with Ricardo Punzalan to revitalize the Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records.

    From 2015–2017, I was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society where I researched and curated exhibitions drawing primarily on archival collections (Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of PhiladelphiaApril–December 2017, and Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, April–December 2016). In 2014–2015, I was a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in Museum Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where I taught courses in museology. I completed my PhD in Anthropology at UBC in 2014. For my dissertation project, I conducted an ethnography of exhibition planning at the National Museum of Natural History. Prior to that, I completed my MPhil in Social Anthropology with a Museums and Heritage focus at the University of Cambridge in 2010, and a BFA in Visual Arts and Photography at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University in 2009. 


Selected Publications