Nancy Micklewright joined the staff of the Smithsonian in 2010 as Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications at the Freer|Sackler. She is now Head of Public and Scholarly Engagement. Her responsibilities include oversight of all of the public programs at the Freer|Sackler, scholarly symposia and workshops, the publication of a peer-reviewed journal, Ars Orientalis,, major grant-funded research projects, and public affairs and marketing. Previously she was Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation (2001-2010), where she was responsible for design and oversight of international grant programs supporting museum and university based programs in art history and conservation. She began her career as a professor of the history of Islamic art and architecture and the history of photography, teaching for 12 years at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. Her current research focuses on the history of photography in the Ottoman Empire, particularly Istanbul. She is the author of A Victorian Traveler in the Middle East: The Photography and Travel Writing of Annie Lady Brassey (2003) and the editor, with Reina Lewis, of Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women’s Writings; A Critical Sourcebook (2006), as well as numerous articles. She has a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture.