Alexis Boylan

Director of Academic Affairs, Humanities Institute

Associate Professor, Art History and Africana Studies

Alexis L. Boylan is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Art and Art History Department and Africana Studies Institute. She is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man  (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) and the editor of Thomas Kinkade, The Artist in the Mall (Duke University Press, 2011).   Boylan has published in American Art, Archives of American Art Journal, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Rethinking MarxismWoman’s Art Journal, and Public Books. She has recently curated an exhibition about portrait painter Ellen Emmet Rand and has edited an essay collection on the artist that will be published in 2020. Her next book project focuses on the murals and sculpture created for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City titled, Not an Art Museum: Seeing Science at the American Museum of Natural History, 1900-2017.


  1. Ellen Emmet Rand
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