Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson, Associate Professor of African and African American art history, came to UCLA in 2000. Professor Nelson is a Contributing Editor for African Arts and former Reviews Editor for Art Journal. He is also President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, 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 anthologies and exhibition catalogues as well as in African Arts, Architecture New York (ANY), Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, Journal of Homosexuality, Museums International, New Formations, and Politique Africaine. Professor Nelson has received Fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is currently working on a new book, entitled Dakar: The Making of an African Metropolis and a study of the Underground Railroad. 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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