Josie Roland Hodson

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Joint Studies: History of Art and African American Studies

Josie Roland Hodson is a joint PhD student in History of Art and African American Studies. Her interdisciplinary research interests include modern and contemporary art, Black diaspora aesthetics, notions of Black collectivity, and the politics of the archive.

Prior to joining Yale, she worked as the research associate in the Office of the President at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also served as the 2017-2018 Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation, working with the Creativity and Free Expression program area. She received her BA in African & African American Studies and Art History from Stanford University, where she wrote a senior thesis examining a network of Black alternative and artist-run exhibition spaces based in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. She is a Mellon Mays Fellow.