Appointed as Global Science Officer, Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, African Studies, Howard University

Position Description

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex with 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, and numerous education and research centers. The Smithsonian is also a global organization, working across art, history, culture, science, and education in more than 130 countries—all in the service of the Smithsonian’s mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. The Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations (OIR) serves as the central point for advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of Smithsonian international activities. The Global Science Officer reports to the Senior Manager for International Science to develop strategic plans and carry out activities related to Smithsonian programs in international biodiversity conservation, landscape management, ecosystem services, climate change research, wildlife health, and “one health” programs, as well as other global scientific programs throughout the Smithsonian. The goal of these programs is to highlight the Smithsonian’s thought leadership in these areas while broadening networks and addressing emerging areas of needed scholarship and activities. The Global Science Officer is responsible for taking emerging scientific programs, ideas, research, and debates, and creatively identifying actionable means to bring them to key audiences in ways that provoke conversation and lead to positive action for the environment, biodiversity, and human livelihoods.