Samantha A. Noel is Assistant Professor of Art History at Wayne State University. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y., and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the history of art, visual culture and performance of the Black Diaspora. She has published on black modern and contemporary art and performance in journals such as Small Axe and Third Text. Her current book project examines black modernism in the early twentieth century, particularly how tropicality functioned as a unifying element in African Diasporic art and performance. Noel teaches courses on modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the African Diaspora, black performance in the Americas and the Caribbean, race and gender in visual culture, and on pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial African art and visual culture.