Amanda Carlson teaches art history from a global perspective and is a specialist in the arts of Africa. She has conducted research in many parts of Africa and beyond on topics such as contemporary art, photography, indigenous writing systems, masquerades, and women’s ritual performances.

She is a major contributing author and co-editor of Africa in Florida: Five Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2014), which received a Florida Book Award (gold medal, visual arts category). Dr. Carlson has conducted extensive research on the arts of the Cross River region in southeastern Nigeria, which will be the topic of her next book. Portions of this research have been published in the journal African Arts (“Calabar Carnival: A Trinidadian Festival Returns to Africa,” 2010), within Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art (Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, 2007), and in African Folklore, an Encyclopedia (Routledge 2004).

She co-curated the exhibition The Field’s Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens (Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa 2002) along with additional multi-faceted experience working with museums. Numerous national foundations have funded her research and writing—American Association for University Women, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Fulbright.

Image:  detail of cover of Africa in Florida, co-edited by Amanda Carlson.