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Cheryl Finley

Cheryl Finley is an assistant professor of art history. She holds a PhD in African American studies and history of art from Yale University.

Finley frequently writes and lectures about African diaspora art history, photography, contemporary art, heritage and tourism, and the politics of memory. She has written a number of books, articles, and essays, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish, and Portuguese, including Imaging African Art: Documentation and Experimentation. Her current manuscripts include Committed to Memory: The Slave Ship Icon in the Black Atlantic Imagination, a cultural history of the image of the slave ship, and a monograph on the artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Finley has been supported in her research by the Ford Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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