Biography

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
2011 Ph.D., Anthropology
2005 M.P.H., Global Health

Georgetown University, Washington, DC
1998 B.S Arabic/Government

I am a cultural anthropologist and curator who specializes in race and identity formation, gender and sexualities, the anthropology of art, and image-based ethnography. My dissertation research examines anti-black discourses and the color-caste aesthetic in contemporary Cairo, Egypt – a sociocultural context where race and racism are often not considered meaningful categories of differentiation.  As a museum professional, I have translated my interest in social categorization, inequity, and visual cultures into research, exhibitions, and programming at The Smithsonian, The Walters Art Museum,  Spelman College Museum of Art, and Williams College Museum of Art.

From 2009-2012, I was responsible for academic engagement at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  In addition, I served as a curatorial fellow for The African Presence in Renaissance Europe and research coordinator for Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity. In my current position at Williams College Museum of Art, I have curated Myra Greene: Selections from My White Friends and Zanele Muholi.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including a Mellon curatorial fellowship (2012-present), an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2008-2009) and American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship (2005-2006).