Dr. Helen Malko is a Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers | Amman, where she runs the Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars. She joined the Center in May 2019. Prior to moving to Amman, Helen was a Program Manager at Columbia University, New York, where she managed an academic program in the Middle East Institute. Her experience in higher education combines project management and implementation, international collaboration, program development, and academic research and teaching.
From 2014 to 2017, Helen was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. She was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to conduct research in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Metropolitan Museum from 2012 to 2014.
Helen received a PhD in archaeology & anthropology from Stony Brook University, and a Master of Arts from Baghdad University. Her research focuses on archaeology and cultural heritage of the Middle East, specifically the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and its impact on the local communities. Other areas of her scholarly interest include cultural representation in museums and ideas of historical consciousness. She is a field member of Columbia University Project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments. More on Helen’s research can be found here.