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Leslie Wooden

PhD Student: Arts of Africa and Its Diasporas, 1960s to the Present


Leslie Wooden is a PhD student in the Art History Department, with concentrations in Museum and Exhibition Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She specializes in contemporary art of Africa and the Diaspora from 1960 to the present. Her research interests include the history of African photography, fashion and the aesthetics of dress, postcolonial theory, and feminist and queer theory. Specifically, she examines the production and circulation of contemporary fashion photography in African urbanisms. Leslie received a MA in Arts Politics, and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She also earned a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado, Denver.