Erica Moiah James is an Art Historian, Curator and Assistant Professor in Art History at The University of Miami (UM). Before arriving at UM, she was a professor at Yale University and the founding Director and Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Professor James earned a doctorate degree with distinction in art history from Duke University. A recipient of the International Association of University Women graduate fellowship, she has also served as a John Hope Franklin Fellow at Duke University; a Clark Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Washington University, St. Louis; and as a humanities fellow at the Whitney Humanities Centre at Yale.
Her writing, research, teaching and curatorial work focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Global Caribbean, African and African American Diasporas, and she has published widely in her fields. Publications include Charles White’s J’Accuse! and the Limits of Universal Blackness (AAAJ, 2016); Every Nigger is a Star; Re-imaging Blackness from Post Civil Rights America to the Post-Independence Caribbean (Black Camera, 2016), Caribbean Art in Space and Time (Barbados Museum, 2018), and Decolonizing Time: Nineteenth Century Haitian Portraiture and the Critique of Anachronism in Caribbean Art (NKA, May 2019). Forthcoming publications include the chapter Prismatic Blackness: Art in The Global Caribbean, Image of the Black in Latin American and Caribbean Art (Harvard UP, 2019) and a forthcoming book entitled ‘After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary’. She is a 2019-2020 fellow at The Humanities Centre at UM.