Dr. Emily A. Margolis is Curator of American Women’s History, and is jointly appointed at the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is developing collections that fully realize women’s contributions to and engagement with aviation, spaceflight, astronomy, and planetary science. Her work supports the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
Dr. Margolis trained as a social and cultural historian of spaceflight. Her recent scholarship on the origins of space tourism explored the development of space-themed tourism industries around NASA centers in the American South during the 1950s and 60s. She holds a PhD in History of Science and Technology from Johns Hopkins University, MA in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oklahoma, and BA in Physics from Princeton University.
Before arriving at NASM, Dr. Margolis served as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. In this role she co-curated an exhibition about Benjamin Franklin’s science, Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist. Dr. Margolis has been working and researching in museums since 2007, including at the Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon (Dresden, Germany), National Electronics Museum (Linthicum, MD), National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA), and the National Air and Space Museum.