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Luisa Fernanda Arrieta FernandezAssistant Professor of History at Spelman College

Research Interests: 

Cultural Nationalism and Citizenship; Museums and Visual Narratives; African Diaspora; Popular Culture; Human Rights in the Americas.


  • B.A. History, Universidad de Cartagena, 2012
  • M.A. History, University of Connecticut, 2017
  • Ph.D. History, University of Connecticut, 2022

An assistant professor of History at Spelman College, Luisa Fernanda Arrieta works on Latin American and Caribbean History with a focuses on late 19th and early 20th century. Her research focuses on national museums -and their visual narratives- as stages for the performative embodiment of the state and as tools for the construction of national identities. She was drawn to museums as a result of her undergraduate studies and volunteer work with UNESCO’s cultural heritage program in her home country of Colombia. In summer 2018, Luisa was awarded a fellowship at the Smithsonian Latino Center program for Museum Studies. As part of the project Latinos in the 21 century: A digital experience for all, she assisted in developing audience engagement strategies and an installation for the first Latino Gallery at the National Museum of American History.