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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
Christina Ayson Plank is a scholar, educator, and curator based in San Jose, California. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on migration, labor, and contemporary art of the Philippines and its diaspora. Her doctoral dissertation is tentatively titled “Counter-Production as Resistance: Contemporary Art of the Filipino Labor Diaspora.” She received an M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA and a B.A. in Art History and... more
Associate Professor of Art History, 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 aspects of devotional practices in Roman Catholic traditions with a focus on ex-voto practices of Italy, Spain and Mexico
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
Curator in Charge, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco de Young \ Legion of Honor
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
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
Ph.D., Co-Editor, Visual Studies
Queer and feminist visual culture and art history in the United States and South Korea.
Assistant Professor, Historian of African Art and Visual Culture at the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology.
Contemporary Art from Africa and the African Diaspora
Assistant Professor in Art and Art History at University of Vermont

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.

History of Art and Visual Culture, PhD
Interactions between the Inka and the Amazon; colonial Peru, the Amazon(s).
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
Woman in university regalia holding a diploma in front of a blue background.
Assistant Professor, Jacksonville State University

Maureen graduated in the spring of 2024.

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.

Assistant Professor of Art History, CU Boulder
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.
Getty/NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute
History of photography, settler colonial studies, transgender studies
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica