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Sarah Stefana Smith

Sarah Stefana Smith

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow of African American Studies

217D Willard Building


Sarah Stefana Smith is a visual artist and scholar. She obtained her Ph.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto. She has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College. Her research communicates between the fields of black art and culture, queer theory and affect studies, visuality and aesthetics. She has lectured on women and the media, theories of feminism and black art in America. 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. Her publications include “Composite Fields (2015) on ‘Nothingness’ and Mu” in Drain Journal and “Appetites: Destabilizing the Notion of Normalcy and Deviance Through the Work of Wangechi Mutu and Octavia Butler” published in Ruptures: Anti-colonial and Anti-Racist Feminist Theorizing. For more information, visit:  


Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
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