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CURRICULUM VITAE

Suzanne Preston Blier

Harvard University, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies

Office: Sackler Museum

Harvard University

485 Broadway

Cambridge, Ma. 02138

Office Phone: 617 495-2377

Office fax 617 495-1769

Home: 5 Fuller Place, Cambridge, Ma. 02138

Phone: 617 497-1464 (also home fax number)

E-mail: blier@fas.harvard.edu


Faculty Member: History of Art and Architecture Department

Faculty Member: Department of African and African American Studies

Faculty Associate: Center for Geographic Analysis; Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Co-Chair Africamap an interactive GIS enhanced database, now expanded to Worldmap.


EDUCATION

1973-81


Columbia University, Dept of Art History & Archaeology

Master of Arts (January 1976)

Master of Philosophy (May 1976)

Doctor of Philosophy (May 1981)

1967-69 and 1971-73

University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

Bachelor of Arts (May 1973)
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1993- Harvard University, Professor

1983-93 Columbia University, Assistant, Associate and Full Professor

1981-83 Northwestern University, Mellon Assistant Professor

1979-81 Vassar College, Lecturer

1969-71 Instructor with the Bureau Technique d'Etudes et Documentation, Republic of Benin; Peace Corps.


AWARDS, HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS

2011 Two articles cited among the 38 Centennial "greatest hits" published in the Art Bulletin since 1913, the year of the journal's founding:Centennial Anthology of the Art Bulletin.

2011-2013 Member, Collège de France International Scientific and Strategic Committee. (COSS). Paris: Selection: Assembly of Professors.

2010-2013 Selection Committee, National Gallery of Art, A. W. Mellow Post-Doctoral Fellows.

2010-2013 Advisory Committee, Institute of Fine Arts/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Project.

2009-2010: Paul Mellon Senior Fellow. The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

2009-12 Charles Rufus Morey Book Prize Committee, CAA

2009 Aga Khan Architectural Prize Nominating Committee

2008-11 Board Member, Society for Architectural Historian

2007 NEH exhibition grant (awarded the Museum for African Art, New York) for the exhibition, 2004 CAA’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement for Writing on Art Award, Committee Member Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria.

2005-6 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

2005- Chair, Editorial Board, Art Bulletin

2005 Ad. E. Jensen Memorial Lectures, Frobenius-Institut, University of Frankfurt

2005 Charles W. Wampler Jr .Lectures, James Madison University

2004 Eminent Scholar Lecture, Dartmouth College

2004 Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

2004 Presidential Instructional Technology Fellowship

2004 CAA’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement for Writing on Art Award, Committee Member

2001-04 Getty Center for the History of Art and Architecture, Collaborative Research Grant (Bamum Art Worlds). Team Leader.

2000-01 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (Imaging Amazons)

1999-2002 Herskovits Award, Book Selection Committee (2001-Chair)

1999 Choice Award, Book Selection - for African Royal Art, The Majesty of Form

1998 Finalist, Melville Herskovits Award for African Vodun.

1998 Finalist, Arnold Rubin Award for African Vodun

1997 Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association, for African Vodun as the distinguished book in Art History published in 1996

1993-98 Seaver Foundation, Grant for the "Social Roots of Creativity" project.

1990-91 Getty Scholar, Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities

1989 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award (for The Anatomy of Architecture). Selected as the outstanding book of the last three years on the subject of African art

1989-94 Board of Directors, College Art Association

1988 Finalist, Herskovits Award (for The Anatomy of Architecture)

1988-89 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

1988-89 Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

1988 Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (declined)

1987 Millard Meiss Award, College Art Association (Publication Subvention for The Anatomy of Architecture)

1987 Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, Associate Fellow

1985-86 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship

1985-86 Social Science Research Council Fellowship

1984, 1985, 1988 Council for Research in the Humanities Grant (Columbia)

1983 84 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

1981 Richard Lounsbery Fellowship, American Museum of Natural History

1979-81 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Curatorial Assistant

1976-77 Fulbright Hays Research Abroad Fellowship

1976 Columbia University, Ph.D. Orals Examination-passed with Distinction

1975-76 George W. Ellis Fellowship, Columbia University


PUBLICATIONS

Editor

Co-Editor book series: Worlds of Experience: a History. Joseph C. Miller. Oxford University Press.


Books and Catalogues

Forthcoming: Imaging African Amazons: The Art of Dahomey Women Warriors

Forthcoming: Past Presence: Ancient Ife and the Yoruba c.1300.

Forthcoming: Picasso's Demoiselles: Africa, Darwin, and Pornography.

[2013] Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power, and Identity c.1300. Cambridge University Press.

2005 Italian translation of Butabu:Adobe Architecture in West Africa (2004)

2005 Chinese translation of African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form (1998)

2004 Korean translation of African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form (1998)

2004 Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection (Editor). Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

2003 Butabu: Adobe Architecture in West Africa (photographs by James Morris). Princeton Architectural Press. New York Times Book Review, Holiday Selection 2004; also honored among “Best of Year” The Washington Post: Afritecture site

2000 A History of Art in Africa (Introduction), Monica Visona, Robin Poyner, Herbert Cole, Michael Harris, Rowland Abiodun. Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Prentice Hall.

1998 African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form. London: Calmann and King; New York:Abrams/Prentice Hall. Choice Award, Book Selection.

1998 L'Art Royal Africain. Paris: Flammarion (translation of above)

1996 The Art of Identity: African Art in the Teel Collection, exhibition flier with Aimee and Mark Bessire, Fogg Museum, Harvard University.

1995 African Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power. (University of Chicago Press). Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association, the distinguished book in Art History published in 1996. Finalist, Melville Herskovits Award; Finalist, Arnold Rubin Award for African Vodun.

1987 The Anatomy of Architecture: Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression, Cambridge University Press, New York. Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award. Selected as the outstanding book of the last three years on the subject of African art.

Millard Meiss Award, College Art Association (Publication Subvention); Finalist: Melville Herskovits Award.

1982 Gestures in African Art (L. Kahan, New York).

1980 Africa's Cross River: Art of the Nigerian Cameroon Border Redefined (L. Kahan, New York).

1980 African Art as Theatre: The Mount Collection (Vassar College).

1976 Beauty and the Beast, A Study in Contrasts (Tribal Arts, New York).


Articles

In press "Art and History in Ancient Ife, Birthplace of the Yoruba" African Arts.

In pressYoruba Religion and Art at Ile-Ife:When Gods Were Human” A Companion to African Religion, ed. Elias Bongbma.

In press « Histoire de l’art et création dans les sociétés « traditionnelles » : une perception ethnocentrique de l’objet « d’art. » editor Annie Dupuis.

[2012] "Rams, Rulers, and Rivers: Egyptian Export Goods in Africa: New Perspectives," in The Egyptian Image in Context, ed. John Baines and Deborah Vischak. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

[2012] "Cosmology at Ife: The Shape of Time in Ancient Yoruba," in African Cosmology, ed. Christine Mullen Kreamer. Washington: National Museum of African Art.

2011 "The Amazons: A Western Myth?" in Exhibitions: L'Invention du Sauvage". ed. Pascal Blanchard, Nannette Snoep, and Gilles Boetsch Paris: Musée Quai-Branly.

2011 "Vaudou: une exposition à la croisée des regards," Interview of SPB and Gabin Djimassé by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Tribal Arts Magazine, May.

2011 "The Art of Voodoo," Apollo Magazine (May).

2011 Two articles selected for inclusion in the Centennial Anthology of the Art Bulletin: "Kings, Crowns and Rights of Succession: Obalufon Arts in Ife and Other Yoruba Centers"...Art Bulletin 67, no. 3 1985: 383–401 and "Imaging Otherness in Ivory: African Portrayals of the Portuguese ca. 1492"....Art Bulletin 75, no 3 (September 1993):375-96.

2011 "Des pots et des chevaux: Arts anciens du convoyage au Nigeria/ Of Horses and Pots: Early Nigerian Arts of Conveyance, "Arts et Cultures. Geneva: Musée Barbier-Mueller.

2011 " Art brutal: La puissance esthétique du bocio dans l’art vaudou des côtes du Bénin et du Togo in Vaudou: Collection Anne & Jacques Kerchache. Paris: Fondation Cartier.

2010 "Imaginarium: African masks and Western Mindscapes," in L’Africa delle meraviglie. Arti africane nelle collezioni italiane (The Wonders of Africa: African Art in Italian Collections, ed. by Ivan Bargna and Giovanna Parodi da Passano, in collaboration with Marc Augé. Genoa: Palazzo Ducale and Castello d’Albertis.

2010 “La laideur nécessaire" 100,000 Years of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth Azouley. Paris: Gallimard/Babylon (in French, English, Spanish, Chinese).

2010 "Animalia: the Natural World, Art, and Theory," On the Human. National Humanities Center (Feb. 1). http://onthehuman.org/2010/02/animalia-the-natural-world-art-and- theory/

2010 "African Amazons: A German Poster" in Center 30: Records and Activity Reports. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art.

2009 “Capricious Arts: Idols in Renaissance era Africa and Europe (The Case of Sapi and Kongo)" in Idols in the Age of Art editor: Michael Cole and Rebecca Zorach, Publiser: Ashgate

2008 “Meeting the Amazons,” in Human Zoos: Science and Spectacle in the Age of Colonial Empires. Ed.Pascal Blanchard. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

2008 “Europia: Nineteenth Century Dahomey Portrayals of the West” in Europe Observed, edited by Kumkum Chatterjee and Clement Hawes Bucknell University Press. Lewisburg, Pa.

2006 “Vernacular Architecture” in Handbook of Material Culture, ed. by Webb Keane et. al London: Sage Publications.

2005 “Razing the Roof: The Architecture of Destruction in Dahomey” in Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements, ed. by Tony Atkin (University of Pennsylvania)

2005 “Mapping the Ituri: Mbuti Barkcloth Paintings and the Canvases of Anne Eisner,” in Imaging the Congo: The Paintings of Anne Eisner, edited by Christie McDonald (Five Continents).

2005 “Fon Monkey Figure,” “Fon Asen Memorial” in Masterpieces of African Art in the New Orleans of Fine Arts, Museum for African Art, New York.

2005 Review Essay, on three recent catalogues on African art (Pamela McClusky, Martha Anderson and Philip M. Peek, Frederick Lanp) in the Art Bulletin.

2004 “Conversation” in Musings on Barbarous Beauty: A Conversation Series on Art and the Sacred. Ed. by Ronnie Hartfield. Cambridge, Ma. Center for the Study of World Religions. Harvard University.

2004 “Trading and Transcending Places: A Hybrid, Multiplex Approach to Visual Culture” in Mariet Westermann ed. Anthropologies of Art. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2004 “Butabu: The Surreal Adobe Architecture of West Africa” in ICON: World Monuments.

http://www.wmf.org/sites/default/files/wmf_article/pg_36-39_butabu.pdf

2004 “African Creation Myths as Political Strategy” in African Arts vol 37, no. 1, pp. 39–45, 94.

2004 “Ways of Experiencing African Art: The Role of Patina” in Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection (Suzanne Preston Blier, Editor). Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

2004 “Catalogue Entries” (with William Teel) in Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection (Suzanne Preston Blier, Editor). Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

2003 “Trone royal jandeme de style akan;” “Tabouret katake a trois pieds;” “Tabouret typique” in Sieges d’Afrique Noire du musee Barbier-Mueller ed. By P. B Johannot and J. P. Barbier-Mueller. 5 Continents. pp 138-144.

2003 “Assemblage: Dahomey Art and the Politics of Dynasty” Res: Anthropology and Art. Vol. 45. pp.186 ff.

2003 “Fertility: Representing Regeneration in Art,” Arts & Cultures, Geneva, no. 4. pp.182-209.

2002 “Vodun Art, Social History and the Slave Trade” in The Visual Culture Reader, ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Routledge (reprint from African Vodun and earlier issue) pp. 323-330.

2002 “Nine Contradictions in the New Golden Age of African Art,” African Arts. vol.35.

2002 “Les Amazones a la rencontre de l’Occident,” in Memoire Colonal: Zoos Humaines. Editions la Decouverte, Paris.

2001 “Autobiography and Art History,” Res: Anthropology and Art. Vol. 29. pp. 24-40.

2000 “The Woman, the Snake and the Ocean: A Masterpiece of Vodun Sculpture from Southern Benin,” Arts et Cultures, Geneva, no. 1.

1999 “African Art and Architecture;” “Dogon Art and Architecture;” “Benin, Art of the Early Kingdom;” and “Ife, Art of the Early Kingdom,” in Encyclopedia Africana, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah. Perseus Books. New York.

1999 “Vodun Art, Social History and the Slave Trade,” in Visual Culture Reader, ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Routledge (reprint from African Vodun).

1998 Review of Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Drawn from African Dwellings (Bloomington: Indiana University Press) in Common Knowledge.

1998 "Batammaliba Architecture," in Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture, ed. Paul Oliver.

New York: Cambridge University Press.

1998 “Fon Architecture," in Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture, ed. New York Paul Oliver. Cambridge University Press.

1997 "Gesture and Art in Africa," in The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner. New York. Oxford University Press.

1997 "Fon Art," The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner. New York. Oxford University Press.

1996 "Le Roi Glele du Dahomey" in Magie, published by the Musée Dapper, Paris.

1996 "Enduring Myths of African Art," in Africa: The Art of a Continent: 100 Works of Beauty and Power. New York: Guggenheim Museum. pp. 26-32

1996 "Ritual" in Critical Terms in Art History, ed. Robert Nelson and Richard Schiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 187-96.

1995 "Benin: The Place Where Vodun Was Born," Natural History (October) 40-47.

1995 "The Path of the Leopard: Majesty and Motherhood in Danhomé Dynastic Discourse," Journal of African History.

1995 "The African Roots of Vodou," in The Sacred Arts of Vodou, ed. Donald Cosentino, University of California Press.

1993 "Imaging Otherness in Ivory: African Images of the Portuguese Circa 1492," The Art Bulletin.

1993 "Truth and Falsehood: Fetish, Magic, and Custom in European and African Art," in Africa and the Disciplines, eds. Robert H. Bates, Valentin Mudimbe, and Jean O'Barr. U. of Chicago Press, pp. 139-166.

1993 "Art and Secret Agency: Concealment and Revelation in Artistic Expression" in African Arts of Secrecy, ed. Mary Nooter, New York: The Museum for African Art.

1993 "Melville J. Herskovits and the Arts of Ancient Dahomey," reprint of 1988 Res article in Art in Small-Scale Societies: A Contemporary Reader, Richard Anderson, ed., Prentice Hall.

1992 "Shadow Plays: Reading between the Lines in Postmodern Criticism," African Arts XXV, No. 3., pp. 26-30.

1992 "First Word," African Arts, XXV, no.3: 1, 8-10.

1991 "Faces of Iron: Media, Meaning, and Masking in Danhomé,” Bulletin du Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, pp. 19-41.

1991 "Le Musée Histoire D'Abomey: Colonial and Princely Prerogatives in the Establishment of an African Museum, Quaderini Poro, Milan, Italy,” Arte in Africa 2:140-158.

1991 "Comment" on W.E.A. van Beek's "Dogon restudied," Current Anthropology.

1991 "King Glele of Danhomé: Dynasty and Destiny (Part II),” African Art 24.1: 44-55, 101-103.

1990 "King Glele of Danhomé: Divination Portraits of a Lion King and Man of Iron (Part I)," African Arts 23.4: 42-53, 93-94.

1990 "African Art at the Crossroads: An American Perspective," in African Art Studies: The State of the Discipline Smithsonian Institution, pp. 91-107.

1989 "Moral Architecture: Beauty and Ethics in Batammaliba Building Design," in Dwellings, Settlements and Tradition: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, ed. J P.Bourdier and N. Al Sayyad, University Press of America, pp. 335-355.

1989 "Field Days: Melville J. Herskovits in Dahomey," History in Africa (16:1-22).

1988-89 "Art Systems and Semiotics: The Question of Art, Craft, and Colonial Taxonomies in Africa," American Journal of Semiotics (6.1: 7-18).

1988 "Melville J. Herskovits and the Arts of Ancient Dahomey," Res: Anthropology and Art (16:124-42).

1988 "Solar Plexis/Spatial Nexus: Architectural Dimensions of the Soul," in Daidalos: Architektur, Kunst, Kultur. vol.28.

1988 "Words about Words about Icons: Iconlogology and the Study of African Art," College Art Journal 47:75-87.

1987 "Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Batammaliba Cosmogony," Archaeoastronomy 10:36-53, reprint of Chapter 1 of The Anatomy of Architecture.

1985 "Kings, Crowns, and Rights of Succession: Obalufon Arts at Ife and Other Yoruba Centers," The Art Bulletin, vol. LXVII no. 3: 383-401.

1984 "Antelopes and Anvils: Artistic Sources and Imagery in Tamberma Works of Iron," African Arts 17.3: 58-63.

1984 "Towards a History of Tamberma Two Story Architecture: Origins, Impetus, and Factors of Change," Iowa Studies in African Art vol. I: 115-134.

1983 "Houses are Human: Architectural Self Images of Africa's Tamberma," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 42. 4: 371 -382.

1982 "African Art and Architecture," in Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia, I, pp. 215-221.

1982 "Masks," in Encyclopedia Americana 18: 423-426.

1982 "African Cosmogony," a review essay in Archaeoastronomy 5.4: 45.

1981 "The Dance of Death: Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Tamberma Funeral Performances," Res: Anthropology and Art, 2, Harvard University, pp.107-143.

1974 "Creative/Destructive," in African Art as Philosophy, ed. Douglas Fraser. Interbook: New York, pp. 95-98.

1974 "Beauty and the Beast," in African Art as Philosophy, ed. Douglas Fraser, New York, pp. 107-113.


Films and Electronic Media Projects

2008-Co-chair, Africamap. Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University

1993- Editor-in-Chief, Baobab: Roots of Creativity in African Material Culture. Electronic Media Database. Harvard University.

1981 Art of Cameroon, text written for film Video Disk, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Michael C. Rockefeller Collection.

1974 Editorial Assistant for the film, Out of Fire Comes Strength, The Somba of Dahomey, prod. by D. Fraser
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE

2011- Editorial Board, Art Historiography

2009-2012 Board of Directors, Society of Architectural Historians

2009- Advisory Board Journal of Material Religions

2009- Aga Khan architectural Award, Nomination Committee Member.

2009-2012. Editorial Board, Harvard Magazine.

2009-2012 Jury Member. Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. College Art Association.

2008 –Executive Advisory Board Critical Interventions

2008- Center for Geographic Analysis, Steering Committee, Harvard University.

2009- Advisory Board, Journal Material Religion.

2006- 2009 Selection Committee, Council of Independent Colleges

2004-2008 Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee, College Art Association

2004 Program Chair, 13th Triennial Meeting of ACASA, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.
2004 Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee, College Art Association

2004 Program Chair, 13th Triennial Meeting of ACASA, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, March 31-April 3, Harvard University

2003-7. Editorial Board, Art Bulletin, College Art Association

2006-7 Chair, Editorial Board, Art Bulletin, College Art Association

2003-7 Editorial Board, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

2003-2007 Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of African History

2000-2002 Herskovits Prize Committee, Chair 2001

2001 Outside Review Committee, University of California, Santa Cruz, Art History Department

1997 Outside Review Committee, University of Michigan Art History Department

1989-94 Board of Directors, College Art Association

1986- Editorial Board, African Arts Magazine

1986-91 Member of the Permanent Working Group on African Humanities, ACLS SSRC Joint Sponsored Committee

1987-89 President Pro Tem. Arts Council of the African Studies Association (professional Association of African Art Scholars)

1986-89 Board of Directors, Arts Council of the African Studies Association

1983-93 Co Chairman, Columbia University Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Films and Electronic Media Projects

2007- Co-Chair Africa Map Geographic Information System Web Project (with Peter Bol) Interactive data base and website Africamap. Currently expanding to Worldmap.

1994- Editor-in-Chief. Baobab: Visual Sources in African Visual Culture. Interactive Data Base of 7000 + images on African art and material culture.

1981 Art of Cameroon, text written for film Video Disk, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Michael C. Rockefeller Collection.

1974 Editorial Assistant for the film, Out of Fire Comes Strength, The Somba of Dahomey, prod. by D. Fraser
M.A. and Ph.D. Theses

1981 “Architecture of the Tamberma (Togo),” Ph.D. Thesis, Columbia University (Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1983).

1976 “Masking Traditions of Southeastern Nigeria,” M.A. Thesis, Columbia University.
MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

1986-87 Consultant, National Museums, Republic of Benin.

1984 Consultant, Museum of Art, Duke University. (Evaluation of the African Collection).

1979-81 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection. (Curatorial research in preparation for exhibit opening).

1980-81 American Museum of Natural History, Collection of Artifacts, Dept. of Anthropology, Consultant.

1973-75 Columbia University, Slide Curator, Primitive Art Collection.


EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION

2006-08 Curator, International Exhibition on Ife Art.

1995 Co-Curator, “African Art and Identity: The Teel Collection,”(Harvard University)

1982 Gestures in African Art, New York (Organizer).

1982 Architecture and Life in Mali and Ghana, photographic exhibition, Northwestern University Library -Organizer

1980 African Art as Theatre, Vassar College (Organizer).

1976 Beauty and the Beast, Tribal Arts Gallery, New York (Organizer).

1976 African Art as Philosophy, photographic exhibit, Columbia University (Assistant).

1972 Yoruba and Fon Art, Fleming Museum (Organizer).

1972 Art is Life in Africa, Fleming Museum (Assistant).


ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

Harvard University

2010- Executive Committee, Committee on African Studies

2010-Graduate Student Selection Committee, African and African American Studies

2008- Faculty Advisor, African Students Committee

2007- Digital Humanities Committee

2007- IQSS Faculty Associate

2007- CGA Faculty Associate

2005- Expanded Traditions Committee, Member - Harvard Art Museums

2003- Convener, African Initiative - African Thought, Memory and Contestation

2003 -Admissions committee, Dept of African and African American Studies

2003- Selection Committee, Du Bois Fellows, Dept. of African and African American Studies

2003-Advisor, African Student Journal

2003-co-Chair African Dissertation Seminar

2003- W.E. B.Du Bois Board of Directors


2003- W.E. B.Du Bois Board of Directors

2002 Interim Head Tutor, Afro-American Studies Department

2002 Chair, W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship Selection Committee

1995-1998 Director of Graduate Students, History of Art and Architecture

1993- Member, Committee on Africa

1993- Member, Faculty-Student Committee, History of Art



Columbia University

1992-93 Director of Graduate Studies

1991- Administration Committee, Dept. of Art History

1991- Member, Visual Resources Committee

1989-91 Member, University Senate

1990-91 Member, Security Committee

1989- Member, Faculty Planning Committee

1989-90 Committee Member, Columbia University in the 1990’s

1989- Departmental Graduate Curriculum Committee

1989-90 Junior Faculty Review Committee

1989-90 Wallach Art Gallery Committee

1989- Departmental Representative, General Studies

1989-90 Co-Chairman, Modern Art Search Committee

1987-88 Search Committee, General Western Position

1987-88 Committee Member, Departmental Curriculum Committee

1987 Committee Member, Departmental planning for the 1990s

1987 Search Committee, Contemporary Art

1986 Committee to Reevaluate Art History Major Requirements

1986 General Studies Representative, Dept. of Art History

1984 Dept. Representative, Fulbright Selection Committee

1983-85 Chairman, Frick Talk Selection Committee

1983-85 Co Chairman, The University Seminar on Primitive and Pre Columbian Art



Northwestern University

1982-83 Co Chairman with Mary Douglas, Art and Anthropology Club

1982-83 Standing Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, on Study Abroad

1981-83 Faculty Associate, Humanities College

1981-83 Member, Executive Committee, Program of African Studies

1981-83 Departmental Advisor, Undergraduate Majors


GRADUATE STUDENT DISSERTATION SUPERVISING
Harvard University - Ph.D.

Christina Knight

Imani Roach

Cecile Fromont

Gemma Rodrigues

Dalila Scruggs

Genieve Hyacinthe

Ruth Kerkham Simbao

Leora Maltz

Prita Meier

Randall Bird

Jessica Levin

Steven Nelson

Aimee Bessire

Janet Hess

Pilar Quezzaire-Belle

Mercedes Trelles

Mark Delancey

Lauri Firstenberg

Kristina Van Dyke

Leora Maltz

Linda Rodriguez


Columbia University - Ph.D.

Shaalini Ranasinghe

John Peffer

Virginia Lee Webb

Lynn Spriggs

Gary Van Wyk

Anne d'Alleva

Alisa Lagamma

Anne Allen

Florina Capistrano

Dominique Malaquais

Sarah Travis



Mary Nooter
Northwestern University Ph.D.

Kate Ezra


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