Meredith Holmgren

Principal Investigator and Project Manager; Managing Editor and Education Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution
Meredith Holmgren joined the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2012, where she works with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Cultural Heritage Policy research division. She currently serves as the principal investigator and project manager of the Smithsonian's pan-institutional project on intangible cultural heritage. She also serves as education coordinator for Smithsonian Folkways and managing editor of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine. Her professional interests span cultural heritage policy, ethnomusicology, sociocultural research, Asian studies, and education. In previous capacities, she has worked with the International Institute for Asian Studies, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Traditional Music, and Freemuse, among others. She holds an M.Phil. in Asian studies (Leiden), an M.A. in cultural anthropology and development sociology (Leiden), a PGCert. in Asia-Pacific Leadership (East-West Center/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), and a B.A. in ethnomusicology (UCLA). She is a member of several professional organizations and serves as a board member of the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program Alumni Association.