Salwa Mikdadi is Associate Professor of the Practice of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world, Arab art institutions, gender and politics in art, and museums and their visitors.

Past positions include: Head of the Professional Development Program at the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority where she organised and taught curatorial and museum studies; Head of the Arts & Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation, UAE (2009-2012) and co-founder and Director of Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, one of the first non-for-profit organizations dedicated to promoting Arab art in the US (1988-2006).

Mikdadi curated numerous exhibitions, including the first Palestinian Exhibition for the 53rd Venice Biennia, 2009. She is the editor of several catalogues and books, among them: Elias Zayat: Cities and Legends (2017), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry (1997), In/Visible: Arab American Artists (2005), New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century, co-editor (2009) and the reference guide on the history of twentieth-century art of West Asia, N. Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline. She taught at Sorbonne-Paris Abu Dhabi in the Art History and Museology Program (2011-2014).