Deirdre Harkins is the inaugural research and data fellow for the Black Trustees Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) and will be working with the Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team at Ithaka S+R on the Art Museum Trustee Survey and several other art and culture projects over the next year. Prior to this position, Deirdre was a research assistant for New York University’s Immigrant City Project, and a curatorial intern for the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History. Both experiences helped to expand her interest in researching how marginalized groups have been silenced in cultural spaces, through revising how these groups are portrayed in history. In 2019, Deirdre presented her research on Japanese migration to Argentina at the NYU Shanghai Global Asia Conference. Her overall research interests have revolved primarily around that of race, ethnicity, identity, and migration.
Deirdre holds a master’s degree in world history and a bachelor’s in anthropology and linguistics, both from New York University, and she is currently working towards a Master’s of Arts in museum studies from The City University of New York School of Professional Studies.