Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black is an associate professor in the UCLA Department of Art History, where she teaches courses on visual culture in Latin America and Spain as well as theory and method. Her scholarship, focused both on the colonial and early modern periods as well as contemporary art, employs feminist and postcolonial theory.
She has published widely, in such venues as Encyclopedia Latina, Art Journal, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and others. Her book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire (Princeton, 2006), won the College Art Association Millard Meiss Award.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants, from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Foundation. In 2006, she co-organized with her graduate students the working group Visiones: Art and Activism in the Americas, to foster dialogue between students, faculty, artists, activists, and members of the community.