Kalia Brooks Nelson

Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD, advises the Curatorial Fellows at NXTHVN on the development of their exhibition projects. She is a curator, arts administrator and educator with a focus on developing exhibitions, programming, strategic planning, and curriculum development for organizations working at the intersection of art and education. She is currently the Mellon Project Director in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) at Columbia University. Her academic research covers late nineteenth century through contemporary art with an emphasis on emergent technologies and African American, trans-Atlantic and diasporic cultures of the Americas. Brooks Nelson holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History (Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK). She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs, and is currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.