Luisa Fernanda Arrieta Fernandez
CLAS Graduate Fellow
Luisa Fernanda Arrieta is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on national museums as stages for the performative embodiment of the state and as tools for the construction of national identities. She participated in the Conference Visualizing Blackness in Latin America, 16th-19th century with a paper titled Painting the Ideal Citizen: Blackness and Nation-building in Colombia’s National Museum, 1880-1887. Her research will appear in the Fall issue of the Journal for Latin American Cultural Studies. Luisa Arrieta was one of the recipients of the Latino Museums Studies Program fellowships hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington D.C in Summer 2018. There, she connected her work on the representation of Afro-Colombians in Colombia’s national museums with the representation of Latino/as in the U.S. at the Smithsonian. She currently continues her work with the Smithsonian Latino Center as a curator for the upcoming Molina Family Latino Gallery’s digital and contemporary exhibit.