Erich Kessel is a PhD student in the department’s History of Art and African-American Studies joint program. He holds a B.A. in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research was supported by the Mellon-Mays Foundation and Penn Humanities Forum. He examines the relationship between black embodiment, afterlives of slavery and visual culture. In addition to his engagement with black radical thought and critical theory, Erich’s additional research areas include media studies, psychoanalysis, affect, the history and theory of fashion, and the study of popular culture.