Steven Nelson

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Department: Art History, Department of African American Studies
10244 Bunche Hall
100 Dodd Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417
Campus Mail Code: 131003
Phone: (310) 825-3779
Fax: (310) 206-2250

Keywords: Africa, Art, Art History, African Diaspora

Steven Nelson is the current Director of the UCLA African Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University in 1998. After teaching at Tufts University and Wellesley College, he joined the UCLA faculty in 2000 and is presently Professor of African and African American art history. He is currently Reviews Editor for the College Art Association's Art Journal and an Editor for African Arts. Professor Nelson's research and teaching interests include African art and architecture (historic and contemporary), African American art history, and Queer Studies. His significant publications include "Savages on the Seine: The Mousgoum Dome at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition," The Annals of Scholarship (2001), and the exhibition catalogue New Histories (The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1996). He is currently completing a book-length manuscript, entitled Site and Symbol: Mousgoum Architecture, Race, and Modernity. Professor Nelson also holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Yale University.