African & Afro-American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies with highest honors, Brandeis University
Alexandra M. Thomas is a joint Ph.D. student in History of Art and African-American Studies. Her current research explores contemporary art and performance of Africa and the African diaspora, photography and new media, Black feminist thought, and queer theory. Alexandra’s additional interests include Black European and Canadian studies, Islamic art and architecture, and post war/postcolonial art. She has worked for and conducted research with the Rose Art Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University with highest honors in African & Afro-American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her undergraduate thesis, “Black Feminist Theories of Flesh: Embodiment, Biopolitics, Visual Culture,” analyzes realism, abstraction, and grotesquerie as aesthetic modes by which Black women contemporary artists interrogate Western histories of art and science. Alexandra was the 2017-2018 recipient of three awards from Brandeis University: the Doris Brewer Cohen Award in Justice and Public Life for best senior thesis in the social sciences, the W.E.B Du Bois Award for Academic Achievement in African & Afro-American Studies and the Giller-Sagan Senior Paper Prize in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Contemporary art and performance of Africa and the African diaspora, photography and new media, Black feminist thought, and queer theory