Edwin Rodriguez

MA'20American Studies PhD Student
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I am a PhD student in American Studies researching displacement and diaspora in El Salvador and the D.C., Maryland, Virginia, area (also known as the DMV). I was a Curatorial Intern at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2017, where I worked in the Archives Center researching, translating, digitizing, and archiving the photographic work of Frank Espada, a Puerto Rican photographer. It's here where my interest in public humanities began, specifically thinking about museums, exhibition space, archives, and more importantly, oral histories. In the summer of 2019, I conducted field research and interviews in a rural community in El Salvador, which will inform an upcoming photography exhibit titled, Siempre Esperando: Remittances and their False Promises.