Bio coming soon.

Personal Statement

Shawn Michelle Smith studies the cultural history of photography in the United States, and race and gender in visual culture. She has written several books about photography and visual culture, including American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999), Photography on the Color Line:  W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (Duke 2004), and At the Edge of Sight:  Photography and the Unseen (Duke 2013). She is co-author with Dora Apel of Lynching Photographs (California 2007), and co-editor with Maurice Wallace of Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (Duke 2012). Smith is guest editing a special issue of the journal MELUS on visual culture and race (June 2014), and she currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Photography and Culture. She has published articles in the Journal of Visual Culture, African American Review, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and the Yale Journal of Criticism, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from several institutions, including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Smith is also a visual artist and her photo-based work has been exhibited in art galleries and university museums across the country. Before coming to SAIC, Smith was an Associate Professor of American Studies at Saint Louis University, and an Associate and Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University.


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