Gwen develops Penn's collections related to the Middle East in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and West European languages.Previously, her library experience has spanned visual resources and digital humanities. She has curated exhibitions of Special Collections in her past appointments and now, too, at Penn. In addition to selecting materials, she regularly visits Mid East classes across several departments and offers research consultations. Gwen has done extensive fieldwork in Turkey and across Europe. She is completing a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University. Her research investigates the commercial art market of 17th-18th c. Istanbul and the collection of popular paintings. Gwen has done extensive fieldwork in Turkey and across Europe. She also brings a broad range of academic and library experience to leading the Middle East Collection at Penn.