Steven Nelson served as Professor of African and African American Art for two decades before leaving UCLA to serve as the Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work teaching and advising as part of the art history faculty, Nelson also served as director of the UCLA African Studies Center, advised on UCLA’s diversity and inclusion strategic planning, chaired the UCLA Graduate Council from 2009-11, and held numerous leadership, guest faculty, and fellowship positions outside of the university. His publications include the award-winning From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and the forthcoming Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness and On the Underground Railroad. Contact: