Faculty

Johanna Almiron

4135 Helen C. White Hall
608-263-2330
almiron@wisc.edu


Johanna F. Almiron is an inter-disciplinary cultural studies scholar whose research focuses on the role of art, visual culture and performance in relation to social history, social institutions and the social imaginary. Her work considers the cultural production of contemporary artists of color and marginalized subjects who critically engage popular representations and offer up alternative visions and narratives towards social transformation. Based on her doctoral research, she is completing a book manuscript on the social statements and cultural relevance in the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her work has been supported by various awards including most notably the pre-doctoral fellowship at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies the University of Rochester. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar in the department of Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa where she worked with contemporary artists and designers. In addition to African American Studies, she has been equally trained in Asian American studies with a focus of Filipino-Americans.

Photo courtesy of Victor Dlamini

Education

  • Ph. D. 2013, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (American Studies)
  • M.A. 2002, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (Performance Studies)
  • BA. 2001, Oberlin College, OH (African American Studies-Fine Arts, Dance)

Courses Taught:
"We Wear the Mask": Race and Representation
Towards the Black Fantastic: Afro-futurism and Black Visual Culture
Divas and Dandy-lions: Visual Culture, Gender and Critical Race Theory
Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa