James Counts Early

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James Counts Early is the Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Institute for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He has served as Smithsonian Institution assistant provost for educational and cultural programs,assistant secretary for education and public service, and interim director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. A long-time advocate for cultural diversity and equity issues, his applied research explores participatory museology, cultural democracy statecraft policy, capitalist and socialist discoursesin cultural policy, and Afro-Latin politics, history, and cultural democracy. Early holds a B.A. in Spanish from Morehouse College and completed graduate work (A.B.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.

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