Christina Smiraglia, EdD

Research Analyst, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Christina Smiraglia received her doctorate in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on understanding the qualities and effects of programs in and through informal learning environments, especially museums. Her dissertation research involved a mixed-method exploration of object-based museum outreach programming in retirement communities. She also serves as a senior research manager at Project Zero, where she has worked with multiple research projects including a study examining the impact of a corporate art collection and exhibition program on the workplace environment, a controlled experiment examining the impact of maker experiences on K-12 students, and the potential use of festivals to showcase student and teacher work.

Smiraglia has worked in more than a dozen museums, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo, and serves as an evaluation consultant for nonprofits. She is a museum tour facilitator with ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, an editor with American Journal Experts, and a board member of the Massachusetts Odyssey of the Mind program.


  • EdD Harvard Graduate School of Education