Alexandra Thomas

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Second Year
Joint Studies: African-American Studies and History of Art

​Alexandra M. Thomas is a Ph.D. student in History of Art and African-American Studies, with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, her research interests include: global modern and contemporary art, African and African diasporic visual and expressive cultures, feminist and queer theory, and critical museum studies. She is currently a 2019-2020 Graduate Curatorial Assistant in the Department of African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she has also worked as a Wurtele Gallery Teacher.

Alexandra was awarded a summer 2019 pre-prospectus fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library to research the visual and material culture of transnational black queer feminism in the Lisbet Tellefsen papers collection. She has worked in various capacities with the Rose Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

She holds a B.A. in African and African-American Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies with minors in Art History and English Literature from Brandeis University, where she wrote an honors thesis on “Black Feminist Theories of Flesh: Embodiment, Biopolitics, and Visual Culture.”