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Visual Studies Alumni

Assistant Professor, Art History, Appalachian State University
contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
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 Eastern Bloc, theories of aesthetics and politics, global histories and theories of modernism and post-modernism, Marxism.
Manager of the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement (DHSE) cluster and director of the Digital Cultural Heritage Lab at Dartmouth College.
Intangible/tangle heritage, software studies, virtual heritage, digital preservation, and globalization
Visual culture in colonial South America (Andes): textiles and other visual objects; concepts of landscape, territory, claim to land; conflict, contrast, confluence and things inbetween in colonial encounter
Faculty Fellow in U.S. Visual Culture, American Studies program, Colby College
Art Activism and Contemporary Culture
Professor of Indigenous North and South American Art, Savannah College of Art and Design
Visual Cultures of the Autonomous Americas and Colonial Latin America
PhD, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz, MFA, Fine Art, California College of the Arts

Ace Lehner is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist specializing in history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art; photography history and theory, queer and trans theory and visual culture, critical race studies, and issues of representation.

Amanda Maples in the recently reinstalled African Art gallery, Stanford University
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
Rachel Nelson
Ph.D., Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC

Rachel Nelson, PhD, is director of UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), and teaches in the History of Art and Visual Culture department.

Mellon Just Transformations Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University
Identity and representation, contemporary African Diasporic art, black visual culture, black popular culture, contemporary photography, social practices, performance, critical pleasure studies, and contemporary black life.
History of photography, race and visual culture, vernacular photography, transgender studies, settler colonial studies
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica
Ellen Haruko Takata
Visual Ethics of Postwar Responsibility in the German- and Japanese-speaking Worlds (ethics of visualizing homeland/belonging/identity, multinarrative memory); (Post)imperial and Religious Histories in Asia and Europe
Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate for “Mexican American Art Since 1848," Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Visual Culture in Southern California
MFA/MA, Ph.D. Visual Studies
Public art and social practice, North American environmental imaginary, Whiteness and visual culture
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Diasporic Art, Globalization, Postcolonialism, Memory and Trauma Studies