Columbia University, NY, USA, Art History, Ph.D. (forthcoming), Masters of Philosophy; Masters in Art History

"Set setal as conceptual public art practice in Dakar, Senegal" with Dr. Kellie Jones

“abject architecture: Zarina Bhimji’s beauty of the internal” (M.A.)

Barnard College, NY, USA, Art History and Africana Studies,      B.A. Magna cum laude

"Berni Searle and the Ambivalence of Form"

Suffolk University, Dakar, Senegal (2006)


“Ekphrasis for a Veiled Dream” in Portia Zavahera: I’m with You. Cape Town: Stevenson, 2017.

“Firelei Báez and the Oscillations of the Historiographic” in Fore. New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2012.

“Emancipation and the ‘will to power’: the productive ambiguities of set setal” in DON’T/PANIC. South Africa: Jacana Media, 2011.

“Augusta Savage” in Re: Collection – Selected Works from The Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, NY: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2010.


We don’t need another hero - 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, curatorial team led by Gabi Ngcobo (2016 - 2018)            

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, USA, Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow (2015 - 2016)

Committee on Global Thought, Columbia, NY, consultant on “The World and Africa” (2010)

Harlem Biennale (postponed), NY, consultant (2010)

RECESS Art Gallery, NY, contributing curator to “Be Black, Baby” by Simone Leigh (03.2010)

The Kitchen, NY, curatorial fellow (2007-08)

Brooklyn Museum, NY, curatorial intern for Tumelo Mosaka on Infinite Island (2006-07)

Supreme Trading, NY, USA, curator of Exhibition: In Progress (05.2008)

Dak’ART Biennale 2006, Dakar, Senegal, artist liason and assistant to director (2006)

Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia, NY, USA, curator of Expanding Perspectives: West Harlem (2006)


Columbia University, NY, USA, Instructor of "Masterpieces of Western Civilization"  

Columbia University, NY, USA, Teaching Fellow

“Introduction to the History of Photography”, Dr. Alexander Alberro

“Contemporary Arts of Africa”, Dr. Zoe S. Strother

“Arts of Africa”, Dr. Zoe S. Strother

Columbia University, NY, USA, Teaching Assistant

“African Art, Architecture and Ideas”, Dr. Susan Vogel (2005)

Honors and Awards

Columbia University

Dissertation Finishing Fellowship (2016-17)

Art History Departmental Dissertation Fellowship (2014-15)

FLAS Language Fellowship, Department of African Studies, Zulu Language (2011-12)

Art History Department Teaching Fellow (2010-11)

Graduate Faculty Fellow (2009-10)

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow (2013-14; 2012-13; 2009-10)

SSRC Mellon-Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (2016; 2010) 

Mortimer Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, independent research in Dakar, Senegal (2008-09)

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, USA, Associate (2008-09)

Barnard College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (2006-07)


6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Paris, France (07.2015)

Presented on "Not No Place? Images of the African City" panel organized by Bettina Malcomess and Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

5th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Lisbon, Portugal (06.2013)

Presented on "Art and social engagement: aesthetic articulations in Africa urban spaces" panel organized by Fiona Siegenthaler and Till Förster

SSRC Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA (06.2011)

SSRC Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Oberlin, OH, USA (06.2010)

“Set ci bir”: Artistic agency in mediating modernity in Urban Dakar


Fluent Polish and French, intermediate Wolof and Spanish, elementary German