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Cheryl Finley

Associate Professor, on leave Spring 2018

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room GM08

Educational Background

Ph.D. Yale University


Cheryl Finley is Associate Professor of Art History. She holds a Ph. D. in African American Studies and  History of Art from Yale University. Dr. Finley frequently writes and lectures about African Diaspora Art History, Photography, Contemporary Art, Heritage and Tourism and the Politics of Memory. She is author of several articles, books and essays, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish and Portuguese, including  Imaging African Art: Documentation and Experimentation. Her current manuscripts include Committed to Memory: the Slave Ship Icon in the Black Atlantic Imagination, a cultural history of the image of the slave ship, and a monograph on the artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, both to be published in the coming year.  The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Dr. Finley's reserach has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.


  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • American Studies Program
  • History of Art and Visual Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Film and Video Studies
  • History of Art, Archaeology and Visual Studies


  • African American and African Diaspora art history and visual culture
  • Cultural memory theory
  • History of photography
  • The art market
  • Museum studies
  • African architecture
  • Cultural heritage tourism