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 (HGSE), and her research interests include object-based and arts-based learning approaches. Her work often focuses on understanding the qualities and effects of programs in and through informal learning environments. Her dissertation research involved a mixed-method exploration of object-based museum outreach programming in retirement communities. She serves as a senior researcher at Project Zero, a research center at HGSE, where she has worked with multiple research projects, including studies examining the impact of a corporate art collection and exhibition program on the workplace environment, the impact of maker experiences on K-12 students, the potential use of festivals to showcase student and teacher work, and stakeholders' perceptions of American liberal arts education. She also teaches courses on object-based and informal learning and social science research methods, serves as a capstone reader, and supervises faculty aides in the Harvard Extension School's museum studies program. Smiraglia has worked in more than a dozen educational nonprofits, 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 with Turtle Peak Consulting. She is also on the board of directors for Massachusetts Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving program for students.


  • EdD Harvard Graduate School of Education