Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA
Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Forthcoming publications include a book on the Civil War era photographer Alexander Gardner and an essay on photography and incarceration. She has previously published on topics including soldier photography and memory and Hiroshima. She is co-editor of Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art (2016). Her research has been supported by fellowships from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Phillips Collection, and the Andrew K. Mellon Foundation. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in studio photography from the California Institute of the Arts, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the fields of American Art and the History of Photography.