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About the Partnership

The Smithsonian and Yale have deep ties that go back more than 150 years. From joint research expeditions to shared paleontological collections, the two institutions share a long tradition of collaboration. The Yale-Smithsonian Partnership was initiated in 2016 as a way to draw upon the institutions’ complementary strengths and to incubate innovative research and collaboration between the institutions. Since then, the partnership has grown to include internships and fellowships, faculty collaborations, courses, and programming.   Guided by a Memorandum of Understanding, the core areas that Yale and the Smithsonian are currently focusing their collaborative efforts include:
  1. Material Culture and Collections-Based Teaching and Research
  2. Environment and Climate Change
  3. Race and Human Diversity
  4. Digital Humanities
  5. Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

At Yale, the faculty co-chairs of the partnership are Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science and David Skelly, Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History.  Susan Gibbons, Deputy Provost, Collections & Scholarly Communication, provides administrative  oversight of the partnership.

An advisory committee convenes on a quarterly basis to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Yale-SI Partnership.

Members of the 2018-2019 Advisory Committee include:

Edward Cooke, Charles F Montgomery Professor of the History of Art and Director, Center of Study in American Decorative Arts and Material Culture
Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions and Publications, Yale Center for British Art
Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Professor of Anthropology, and School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
Tamar Gendler (Faculty co-chair), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Susan Gibbons (Chair), Stephen F. Gates ‘68 University Librarian and Deputy Provost, Collections & Scholarly Communication
Peter Leonard, Director, Digital Humanities Lab
Heather Nolin, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programming, and Education, Yale University Art Gallery
Stephen Pitti, Professor of History & American Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration
Sally Promey​, Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, FAS, Professor of Religion and Visual Culture, ISM, and Director, Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion
David Skelly, (Faculty co-chair), Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology; Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History
Joseph Zinter, Research Scientist & Lecturer, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Assistant Director, Center for Engineering Innovation and Design

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