Staff Biographies

Masum Momaya

Curator at the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center

January 1, 2014

Masum Momaya is a museum curator at the Asian Pacific American Center and an expert on women’s and human rights, race and social justice. Momaya developed all content for “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” the largest exhibition designed by the center to date. After going on display for at least a year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the exhibition will travel for up to five years with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Before coming to the Smithsonian, Momaya did curatorial work for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the International Museum of Women and the Indo-American Heritage Museum. Her portfolio includes two online multimedia, multilingual exhibitions; a community-based exhibition at a local museum; a solo artist exhibition; and a commissioned multiple artist, themed exhibition. 

Momaya earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy and feminist studies from Stanford University and a master’s in education and doctorate in human development from Harvard University. She has published numerous articles, essays and podcasts, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, including a review of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s “Half the Sky” for the Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard.

Momaya was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in 1999–2000 and is also a member of the Smithsonian’s Emerging Leader Development Program class of 2014.

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Masum Momaya

Masum Momaya

Photo: Michael Barnes, Smithsonian

Masum Momaya, curator at the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center and expert on women’s and human rights, race and social justice. Momaya developed all content for “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” the largest exhibition designed by the center to date.



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