Cherise Smith, Ph.D
Cherise is an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin where she specializes in American art after 1945, especially as it intersects with the politics of identity, race, and gender. She directs the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and co-directs the Op-Ed Project. She authored the book Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith (Duke University Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Art Journal, African Arts, and exposure. Cherise was awarded the Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship at W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University. She has worked in the curatorial departments of the Art Institute of Chicago, the De Young Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum among other institutions. Cherise earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Arts in Art History from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from Stanford.