I am deeply committed to interdisciplinary research and writing; and, I cherish the diversity of ideas that emerge from dialogs between artists and art historians. These two aspects of my work are central to the book Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State  (University Press of Florida 2014), a recent publication that I co-edited along with contributing several chapters of my own scholarship. You can read more about this project at http://africaflorida.blogspot.com/   In our new low-residency MFA program, I am excited to work with students who are passionate about exploring radical new ways of thinking about art. In this program, we aim to equip students with professional writing skills that not only support their individual goals and career paths, but also enrich their artistic practice. By leveraging the relationship between writing and thinking, students begin to sharpen their critical thinking skills in the first-year art history course, part of a journey that will prepare them for an intensive course dedicated to the written MFA thesis.