Diana Baird N'Diaye
curator/cultural heritage specialist
Smithsonian Institution

Diana Baird N’Diaye, PhD, is an anthropologist and senior curator and cultural heritage policy specialist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, She is the principal investigator of the Will to Adorn, a research and participatory research and curation project that looks at African American aesthetics of Dress using social media and mobile technology as intrinsic research and presentation tools. Dr. N'Diaye has taught at Georgetown University, served on national and international juries, advisory, policy and funding panels including UNESCO, Smithsonian Women’s Committee craft show, NEA, the executive board of the American Folklore Society, and more. Her interdisciplinary degree in anthropology, folklore and visual studies supports over three decades of fieldwork, exhibitions, programs and publications with a area focus on expressive and material culture of the African world.