Carol Magee specializes in African contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. Her
current project, Being in Place, examines urban photography that investigates emotional, physical, psychological, or philosophical experiences of place, grounded in the historical specificity of distinct urban environments. She has curated a traveling exhibition “Urban Cadence: Street scenes of Lagos and Johannesburg” that explores theses notions for TECAA; it will be available beginning in June 2016.
Her first book, Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities and African Visual Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) analyzed how popularly circulated objects significantly shape knowledge about Africa and the implications of that knowledge for Americans and Africans alike.
Her interest in the structures of knowledge production also undergirds a collection of essays co-edited with Joanna Grabski (Dennison University). African art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013) considers how interviews, interlocutors, and art historical narratives engage and entangle in the processes of scholarly production.
After receiving her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she held a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Elon University. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Anthem Studies in Popular Culture and African Arts.