Museum Curator (Music)
Division of Cultural & Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
November 7, 2019
Post date: October 7, 2019

Museum Curator Opportunity in American Music and History

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center

Division of Cultural and Community Life

Position involves:
Research and publication based on the collections and the interests of the curator, assessing and building collections related to American popular music, creating exhibitions as part of a team, and contributing to public programming.

We are seeking scholars working in specializations within American popular or vernacular music.  Genres of research interest might include but are not limited to: jazz, pop, gospel, reggaeton, funk, hip hop, bomba, EDM, salsa, conjunto, or any range of music by Latinx or African American musicians or musical traditions. Experience working with material culture or in museums a plus. Ph.D. in U.S. History, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Musicology, Ethnomusicology or related field in hand or completed by December of 2020 is preferred. This is an entry-level position equivalent to an assistant professor.

Application Instructions 

Starting Salary GS-12 - $83,398 per year with promotion potential, plus benefits

Open through Thursday, November 7, 2019, on Please see Museum Curator announcement # 20A-SA-304742-DEU-NMAH

Contact Abigail Karow with questions: or (202) 633-3584

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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