Anna Arabindan-Kesson
Art historian, writer, curator


Anna Arabindan-Kesson is an immigrant art historian, writer and curator.



I am an immigrant art historian, writer and curator. At Princeton University I hold the position of Assistant Professor of Black Diasporic Art with a joint appointment in the Departments of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology. I was born in Sri Lanka but later moved to Australia and New Zealand where I trained and worked as a Registered Nurse, a career that also took me to the United Kingdom and Ghana. After studying for a BA at the University of Western Australia I transitioned to a career in the humanities, completing my PhD in African American Studies and Art History at Yale University. It has been an honor to receive several awards and fellowships for my work, including from Yale University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Winterthur Library, Museum and Gardens, the Paul Mellon Center for British Art and the American Council of Learned Societies. I have also been involved in several curatorial projects and I currently serve on two boards: the Jamaican artist-run initiative NLS Kingston and the contemporary photography organization Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.







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