Davida Fernandez-Barkan's research focuses on art, the public, and the state in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on murals and photography in the Americas, Europe, and the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s. She is also interested in contemporary art, particularly in performance and social practices. She received an A.B. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2011 and an MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012. She has worked or in interned in curatorial departments at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, the National Gallery of Art, Tate Britain, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.