About

Steven Nelson, Professor of African and African American Art and Director of the UCLA African Studies Center, is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. He is also Treasurer of the National Committee for the History of Art and a contributing editor to Grove Art Online. Professor Nelson is also a former President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. In addition to his award-winning 2007 book, From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa, his writings on the contemporary and historic arts, architecture and urbanism of Africa and its diasporas, African American art history, and queer studies have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and exhibition catalogues. Nelson is co-editor (with Kellie Jones) of the Duke University Press series, The Visual Arts of Africa and Its Diasporas, at Duke. He has received fellowships from Harvard University and the Getty Research Institute. Nelson is currently completing two new books titled, “Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness,” and “On The Underground Railroad.”

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