Amalia Levi

Amalia S. Levi is an archivist and cultural heritage professional, and the founder and chair of The HeritEdge Connection. A recent transplant to the Caribbean, she is originally from Greece, and has lived and worked in Turkey and the U.S. Having lived in wildly different milieus and worked with diverse individuals, she has developed a profound understanding of cultural differences and a sensitivity to and respect for regional norms and expectations. This, coupled with her varied background, enable her to bring to our team an uncanny ability to recognize projects and bring together people. She does so with an eye to the global, without sacrificing the local.

Amalia holds a Master’s in Library Sciences and Archives and an M.A. in History, with a focus on Jewish Studies, both from the University of Maryland; an M.A. in Museum Studies from Yildiz University in Istanbul, Turkey; and a B.A. in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens, Greece.

Most recently, Amalia has teamed with the Barbados Archives and has been awarded Endangered Archives Programme grants through the British Library to digitize historical newspapers in the Archives’ collections. Before that she completed the archival processing and digitization of the records of the Synagogue Restoration Project in Bridgetown, Barbados. She has worked in museums, developing exhibits, and conducting archival research, and was the founding curator of the Jewish Museum of Turkey in Istanbul. She is the co-editor of the book Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada and author of the book Evanescent Happiness: Ottoman Jews Encounter Modernity. The Case of Lea Mitrani and Joseph Niego (1863-1923)

Amalia is interested in augmenting historical scholarship on diasporas and underrepresented populations through linking and enriching dispersed collections through Linked Data principles and collections-as-data approaches.

  • For the full CV, see here
  • Personal website: www.archiveland.com
  • Twitter: (@amaliasl)
  • Email: amalia[at]heritedge.foundation