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Visual Studies Alumni

contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
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 Eastern Bloc, theories of aesthetics and politics, global histories and theories of modernism and post-modernism, Marxism.
Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow, Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Dartmouth College
Intangible/tangle heritage, software studies, virtual heritage, digital preservation, and globalization
Ph.D. , Faculty Fellow in U.S. Visual Culture, American Studies program, Colby College (beginning Fall 2019)
Art Activism and Contemporary Culture
Ph.D., Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (RMAC) in Roswell, New Mexico
Visual Cultures of the Autonomous Americas and Colonial Latin America
Ph.D., History of Art and Visual Culture , MFA, Fine Art ,
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Photography, Queer and Trans Theory, Gender Theory, Video and Performance, collaborative practices, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Critical Race Studies..
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., Interim Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC

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

History of photography, race and visual culture, vernacular photography, transgender countervisualities
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica
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