Samantha A. Noel is an 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 interests revolve around the history of art, visual culture and performance of the Black Diaspora, as well as modern and contemporary art of the Americas. She has published on black modern and contemporary art and performance in journals such as Small Axe, and Third Text. Most recently, her article "Envisioning New Worlds: The ‘Tropical Aesthetics’ in the Art of Wifredo Lam and Aaron Douglas" was published in the Fall 2018 issue of Art Journal. Noel’s current book manuscript, Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism (Duke University Press, forthcoming), examines black modernism in the early twentieth century, particularly how tropicality functioned as a unifying element in African Diasporic art and performance.