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Visual Studies Alumni
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of Minnesota – Duluth
Art and culture of East Germany (performance, photography, film, independent galleries and presses); official cultural policy in state socialism, the art and visual culture of the Cold War East and West, fiction and documentary film from the East Bloc, theories of aesthetics and politics, global histories of modernism and post-modernism in the visual arts.
Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow, Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Dartmouth College
Intangible/tangle heritage, software studies, virtual heritage, digital preservation, and globalization
Visual Cultures of the Autonomous Americas and Colonial Latin America
Ph.D., Curator of African Art, North Carolina Museum of Art
Amanda M. Maples is the Curator of African Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and a Guest Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. She received her PhD in Visual Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2018.
African visual culture; Museum representations of Africa; Sierra Leone; Urban masquerade; African performative arts; Senegalese gold jewelry; African colonial postcards
Ph.D., Curator and Program Manager, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC
The Political Economies of Contemporary Art, Art and Activism, Conflict Studies, Globalism, Art in the Global South, Feminist Studies, Critical Theory
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica
Visual Culture in Southern California