I am Senior Fellow for the Cuban Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my doctoral dissertation, defended in May 2012 in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. The book project, tentatively titled Vicente Escobar and José Antonio Aponte: Redefining Art, Race, and History in Colonial Cuba, examines the work of the free black artists Vicente Escobar and José Antonio Aponte in relationship to the contemporaneous cultural politics of artistic production. During the 2009-10 academic year, I completed archival research in Havana for the dissertation with the support of the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship. My main research interests include black visual artists of the 17th-19th centuries in the Atlantic world, the visual economy of the Haitian Revolution, the relationship between artistic and social identity, late colonialism and cultural politics in Cuba, and the architectural history of Havana.