Amanda Raquel Dorval, originally from Queens, NYC, is a Nuyorican-Dominican artist, library professional, graduate student, and anti-war veteran who served seven years in the US Air Force. She received her BA in art history from Barnard College and graduated in May 2022 with an MS in Library and Information Science from Long Island University Post with a concentration in Archives Management and Rare Book and Special Collections. As an Iraqi Arabic linguist in the Air Force, Amanda developed a passion for Arabic language and culture, which drives much of her current academic research. Amanda currently works as a part-time Bibliographer of Indigenous American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. She was a 2022-2023 Research Fellow at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, and also has library/archive experience at World Monuments Fund, Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum, and Wildenstein Plattner Institute. Her academic research interests include Iraqi culture and history, contemporary Iraqi art and visual culture, cross-cultural influences between the Middle East and Latin America, and the protection of cultural heritage and memory in Iraq. Her writing has been published in the journal Libraries: Culture, History, and Society.