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Kristen Laciste

Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diasporas
Research Interests: 

Black Dandyism, La SAPE, Transatlantic Slavery and Slave Trade, Apartheid in South Africa, Museum Studies, British Victorianism

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Selected Publications: 

Msumanje, E., Hithe, A., & Laciste, K. (2018). In Conversation with Erick Msumanje and Alexis Hithe. Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, 1(1). 


Selected Presentations: 

“You Eat Money from La SAPE: Conversations with Women Sapeurs in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo.” Presentation.” Presentation the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, March 6, 2020.

“Pragmatic Work: Women Sapeurs in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo.” Presentation at the Getty Graduate Symposium, Los Angeles, February 1, 2020.

“Chronicle of a Death Retold: Yinka Shonibare’s Alternative Narrative of the Legacy of Horatio Nelson.” African Studies Association, Chicago, November 16-18, 2017.

"From Maidservant to Anomalous Aristocrat: Imaging and Imagining Dido Elizabeth Belle." Early Modern Center, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), April 21-22, 2017.

Honors and Awards: 


UCSC Visual Studies Research and Travel Grant                


UCSC Graduate Student Association Research and Travel Grant  

UCSC Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship


Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program Fellowship

UCSC Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence Award


UCSC Regents Fellowship

Education and Training: 
B.A. in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Highest Honors
B.A. in Art, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Cum Laude