Steven Nelson is Associate Professor of African and African American Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. 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. University of Chicago Press published Professor Nelson’s book, From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa, in 2007. 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. He is currently working on a new book, entitled Dakar: The Making of an African Metropolis and a study of the Underground Railroad.
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