Prita Meier

Assistant Professor of Art History

(PhD, Harvard University)

Assistant Professor Meier specializes in African and Indian Ocean visual culture and the built environment. She has research and teaching interests in the cultural dimension of globalization; modernism and postcolonial politics in Africa; east African port cities and cultures of exchange; Islamicarts of Africa, the cultural and aesthetic history of photography in Africa. She is the author of Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere (Indiana University Press, 2016) and has publications in Art History, African Arts, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artforum, and Arab Studies Journal, as well as contributions to several exhibition catalogs and edited books. She also co-curated African Art and the Shape of Time at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and currently is co-organizing the exhibition and book project World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. Before coming to UIUC she taught at Wayne State University. She also was a fellow at the Clark Art Institute (2014-2015), Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities (2009-2010) and Johns Hopkins University (2007-2009)

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