About Sarah Stefana Smith

Sarah Stefana Smith is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Academic Diversity with the College of Arts and Sciences at American University (2018-Present). She teaches in the Department of Art and Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies Collaborative. Smith completed her PhD in 2016 in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Her work communicates between the fields of black art and culture, queer theory and affect studies, visuality and aesthetics.

Sarah was a recipient of an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, an Ontario Arts Council Grant, and the John Pavlis Fellowship as an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. She most recently was the recipient of the Bremen International Student Fellowship at the University of Bremen in 2013. Smith has published writing in Black Scholar (2019), Women & Performance (2018), (2017), Liquid Blackness (2017), The Handbook on Race in the Arts in Education (2018), Drain Journal of Art and Culture (2015), and Ruptures: Anti-colonial and Anti-Racist Feminist Theorizing

Smith's installation and photographs have most recently appeared at the Arlington Art Center (2019), DC Art Center (2019), Young Collectors Contemporary, Memphis (2019), Waller Gallery and Gallery CA (2018), Lab Bodies Performance Art Review (2017), Mambu Badu’s, a Photography Collective of African Diaspora Women, self-titled issue (2013) and in the twenty-year retrospective of Sistagraphy: A Different Eye: Sistagraphy Celebrates 20 Years of Photography (2014). Smith’s work will be on display at the Boreland Project Space in State College, Pennsylvania in November of 2018.