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Mia Bagneris, Assistant Professor, History of Art

Mia L. Bagneris teaches African American/Diaspora art history and studies of race in Western Art.  Her own work concentrates on the construction of race in British and American art and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  She is particularly interested in the place of images in the history of slavery, colonialism, empire, and the construction of national identities and in images of interracial contact and the mixed-race body. Her current project, Coloring the Caribbean: Agostino Brunias and the Painting of Race in the British West Indies, c. 1765-1800, challenges conventional designations of Brunias’s paintings as uncomplicated plantocratic propaganda that functioned as visual “field guides” for reading racial identity and social status, examining instead how the artist’s images reflected and refracted ideas about race commonly held by Britons in the colonial Caribbean during the late eighteenth century.  Mia graduated magna cum laude (AB Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies) from Harvard University in 1999 and received her PhD, also from Harvard, in 2009.  She is the winner of several prestigious fellowships including research fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research and a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.   A proud New Orleans native, Mia is thrilled to be home and teaching in a city that offers such rich resources related her interests.    

Courses taught at Tulane

Introduction to African American Art History c.1700-1945
The Art of the African Diaspora in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Interracial Themes in Western Art from the Queen of Sheba to Barack Obama
Race and National Mythologies in American Art and Visual Culture

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