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Jerry Philogene is Associate Professor in the American Studies and Africana Studies Departments at Dickinson College. She received her doctorate from New York University in American Studies. In addition to exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual arts, her research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural and art history, Caribbean art history and visual arts, (with an emphasis on the Francophone Caribbean), black cultural politics, and theories of the African diaspora. Her articles have appeared in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, BOMB Magazine, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Radical History Review, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, and the Journal of Haitian Studies. She has published numerous art exhibition catalogue essays. She was a co-editor of a special issue of Small Axe (March 2017) that focused exclusively on the work of women artists from the Caribbean and diaspora. In the academic year 2017-2018 she was a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University where she worked on her book manuscript, The Socially Dead and Improbable Citizen: Theorizing Visual Transformations of Haitian Citizenship, which provides a rich textured analysis of the power of visual arts and its complex relationship between violence, domination, and liberation through an exploration of painting, photography, and film. In summer 2019, she will be an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for the Advanced Studies of the Visual Arts.