PhD, Art History, Indiana University
PhD Certificate, African Studies, Indiana University
MA, Art History, Indiana University
BA, Art History, University of Maryland
Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
Amanda Carlson teaches art history from a global perspective and is a specialist in the art of Africa. Committed to engaged learning inside and outside the classroom, Carlson has taken students to Nigeria and Ghana and participates in the University of Hartford study abroad program, Art & Environment: the Sustainable Studio in Ghana. Carlson also has developed original online courses that include a teaching practicum for advanced graduate students, focused on pedagogy specific to teaching about African art online. Having conducted research in many parts of Africa and beyond, Carlson has published on topics related to contemporary art, photography, indigenous writing systems, masquerades, and women’s ritual performances. She is a major contributing author and co-editor of Africa in Florida: Five Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2014), which received the Florida Book Award (gold medal, visual arts category). Carlson has conducted extensive research on the arts of the Cross River region in southeastern Nigeria, which will be the topic of her next book. Numerous national foundations have funded her research and writing, including the American Association for University Women, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Fulbright.