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Affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and African Studies at the University of Chicago.
The relationship between artistic form and religious thought, the visual syntax of belief systems, cross-cultural translation by visual means, the role of art and architecture in the political history of the kingdom of Kongo and of the Portuguese colony of Angola, the role of Christian art and rituals in the experience of enslavement in colonial Brazil, the history of artistic encounters between Europeans and Africans, art and colonialism, visual epistemologies of late colonial Brazil.
- The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (forthcoming in 2014 with the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute Book Publication Program)
- "Dancing for the King of Congo, from Early Modern Central Africa to Slavery-Era Brazil." Colonial Latin American Review 22, 2 (2013): 184-208.
- "Dance, Image, Myth, and Conversion in the Kingdom of Kongo: 1500-1800." African Arts 44, 4 (2011): 54-65.
Listed as one of “50 influential articles published by the Journals division of the MIT Press” in the last 50 years. Read more.
- "Under the Sign of the Cross in the Kingdom of Kongo: Religious Conversion and Visual Correlation in Early Modern Central Africa." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 59-60, (2011): 109-123.
Featured on The Religion & Culture Webforum of the University of Chicago’s Marvin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion with invited responses by John Thornton (Boston University) and Robert Young (New York University) Find them here.
- "Collecting and Translating Knowledge Across Cultures: Capuchin Missionary Images of Early modern Central Africa." In Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World, edited by Daniela Bleichmar and Peter Mancall, 134-154. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
- "A Walk through the City: Stories and Histories of Luanda 1575-1975." Ellipsis: The Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, 4 (2006): 49-78.
Ph.D. History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University