Amanda Figueroa is a 3rd year PhD candidate in American Studies, originally from the El Paso-Cd. Juárez borderland. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and the George Washington University. Her work focuses on Chicana feminist approaches to museum exhibition design and visitor experience data gathering. She is the author of “Chicana Feminism, Anzalduian Borderland Practices, and Critiques of Museology,” forthcoming in Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (Routledge).
In addition to her academic work, Amanda is the co-founder of Brown Art Ink, a community incubator that facilitates more equitable, multi-directional relationships between arts organizations and their local communities. Through professional education, audience development, and relationship management services, Brown Art Ink promotes the growth of local art ecosystems and better opportunities for artists of color. This project has been supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, and clients include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.
Previously at Harvard, Amanda worked with the Autumn (…Nothing Personal) art installation by Teresita Fernández with the goal of activating the artwork through diverse public programs and events.