Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson, Professor of African and African American art history, came to UCLA in 2000. Professor Nelson is a Reviews Editor for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Treasurer of the National Committee for the History of Art, and a member of the General Assembly of the Comité international d'histoire de l'art. His book, From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007), received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Arnold Rubin Book Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association and the 2009 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award Honorable Mention from the Society of Architectural Historians. Professor Nelson is also co-editor of the exhibition catalogue New Histories (The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1996). In addition to these books, 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 journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues. Professor Nelson has received Fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is currently working on a new book, entitled Dakar: The Making of an African Metropolis, a study of the Underground Railroad, and a text on the use of geography by artists around the Afro-Atlantic Diaspora. Professor Nelson earned his BA in studio art from Yale University and his AM and PhD in art and architectural history from Harvard University. He previously taught at Tufts University and Wellesley College.

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