Nancy Micklewright

Head of Public and Scholarly Engagement

Nancy Micklewright, head of public and scholarly engagement, joined the staff of the Freer|Sackler in 2010. She oversees public programs for adults and family audiences, research and scholarly publications, and visitor engagement. Recently she collaborated with Johns Hopkins University students and other F|S staff to produce the exhibition In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia (2013). Before her arrival at the Freer|Sackler, 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.

Dr. Micklewright began her career as a professor of the history of Islamic art and architecture and the history of photography, teaching for twelve 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 BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the history of Islamic art and architecture.