Beth Derderian is a cultural anthropologist currently based in the UAE. She previously worked at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and holds an MA in Near Eastern and Museum Studies from NYU. Beth is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Fulbright to conduct her dissertation research in the 2015–2016 academic year and during 2016–2017, she is a visiting doctoral scholar at the Al Qasimi Foundation of Ras al Khaimah. Her research focuses on the development of arts and cultural initiatives and contemporary arts practice in the UAE. She is researcher-in-residence at Tashkeel, and has written for Canvas and Ibraaz.