I am a Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, and Associate Editor of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Currently I am a Visiting Professor at the North American Institute, King's College London. Between October 2012-June 2013, I was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute and an Academic Visitor in the History of Art Department, both at the University of Oxford while I continue in my role as an Associate fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. I have also been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford from October 2012 until June 2014. During academic year 2014-15, I will be the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. Currently I am on research leave following receipt of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Art History for researchers under 36 in 2010 while in 2011, I was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship in support of my book, Suffering and Sunset:” World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin (forthcoming University of Virginia Press, 2014). My first book was jointly published by the University of North Carolina and Edinburgh University Press and titled, African American Visual Arts: From Slavery to the Present (2008) while I recently completed a ten year book project, “Characters of Blood:” Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination (published with the University of Virginia Press, Fall 2012) for which I was kindly awarded a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. Currently, I am holding interviews and undertaking research for my next two book projects, Imaging Resistance: Representing The Body, Memory and History in Fifty Years of African American and Black British Visual Arts 1960-2010 (contracted to the University of California Press and forthcoming 2016) and Stick to the Skin: A History of Contemporary Art (contracted to I.B. Tauris and forthcoming 2017). To date, I have published articles in edited collections and in journals such as Slavery and Abolition, American Nineteenth Century History, Journal of Atlantic Studies and Journal of American Studies. In 2009, my co-edited book (with Judie Newman) titled, Public Art, Memorials and Atlantic Slavery was published by Routledge. In terms of collaborative projects, I am working with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Zoe Trodd, Bill Lawson, John Stauffer and Sally Pierce on a book titled, Picturing Frederick Douglass (W.W. Norton & Co.) as well as an accompanying special issue which I am co-editing with Bill E. Lawson titled Imaging Frederick Douglass (forthcoming African American Review, 2016). I am also co-authoring a book with Lubaina Himid and Alan Rice, Inside the Invisible: Slavery and Memory in the Works of Lubaina Himid (1985-2011). While I am currently on research leave for the next three years, at Nottingham I teach a range of courses including undergraduate and graduate modules such as African American Visual Culture, Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth Century American Literature, American Literature I: 1607-1900, North American Children’s Literature and Thought and Culture, to name but a few. I supervise PhD students in topics in African American Studies, Caribbean Studies and American Studies more generally.