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Jessica Gerschultz

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jessica Gerschultz is an Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies. She received her PhD in Art History from Emory University in 2012. Professor Gerschultz’s research and teaching interests span modern and contemporary art in Africa and the Middle East, the linkages between textiles, gender, and materiality, and the sociopolitical dynamics of artists’ networks. She has conducted comparative fieldwork in Tunisia, Senegal, Switzerland, Kenya, and Oman. 

Her current research examines the political significance of women’s weaving and modern art to Bourguibism in postcolonial Tunisia. She has taught courses on modern and contemporary African art, Islamic art and architecture in Africa, and the arts of eastern and southern Africa.

Professor Gerschultz has contributed to African Art and Agency in the Workshop,Michael C. Carlos Museum: Highlights of the Collections, and other volumes in progress. She has held fellowships and awards from the American Association of University Women, Fulbright, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, the Qatar Museums Authority, the Critical Language Scholarship Program, and the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Internship Program. She is a member of the American Institute for Maghrib Studiesand the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey.

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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

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Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).

African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.

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