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Student Spotlight: Phoebe Suh '22

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Phoebe Suh. Photo by Michael Rossi.

Phoebe Suh is a Harvard College student, Class of 2022. She was a Radcliffe Research Partner (RRP) from summer 2020 to spring 2021 and is currently serving as a curatorial assistant at the Schlesinger Library.

Suh decided to become an RRP to do research and get a taste of academia. “RRP really gave me an idea of what it might be like to go to grad school,” she says. The position also prepared her to work on her senior thesis and other longer writing projects.

When Durba Mitra, the Richard B. Wolf Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and acting director of the Schlesinger Library, reached out to Suh and invited her to become a curatorial assistant, Suh was eager to take advantage of the opportunity to work with historical documents.

“I didn’t really know what it was like to work in an archive before this. I usually worked with media that I could access digitally,” she says. As a curatorial assistant, she is looking through the analog archives at the Schlesinger Library in search of materials for an upcoming exhibition in the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery.

Suh says that working at Radcliffe is a great way to build meaningful relationships: “I think that’s the most important part of this, building these relationships that hopefully you’ll take with you even when you leave Harvard.”

Sam Zuniga-Levy is the communications coordinator at Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

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