Schwartz has over 14 years of curatorial experience at PEM, contributing to many of the institution's most successful exhibitions including Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea and Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style. He also co-curated The Yachting Photography of Willard B. Jackson.
Schwartz's interests are in maritime art, material culture, early collecting and museums. He earned his BA in Anthropology from Brown University, his MA in Historical Archaeology from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in American Studies from Boston University where he explored PEM’s origins and illustrated how global objects were used to shape an emerging national identity in the early United States. He has lectured internationally and has written articles and essays for museum catalogs, journals, and magazines. He teaches material culture at Tufts University in the Museum Studies program.