Salwa Mikdadi is Associate Professor Practice of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. She specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. She was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program - History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-May 2014). Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation (Abu Dhabi, 2009-2013) and Head of the Professional Development at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (2013-2014). She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). She curated several art exhibitions including the first Palestinian art exhibition at the Venice Biennial (2009). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages Her publication include New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century (Co-editor, 2009), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), In/Visible: American Arab Artists (2005), and Forces of Change: Artists of the Arab World (1994).