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Jessi DiTillio is a curator, writer, and art historian. She is a 2018-19 Luce/ACLS American Art Dissertation Fellow, and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art + Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. She researches 20th century American Art with a focus on African American artists, affect theory, contemporary art engaging the politics of race and gender, and curatorial practice. She has held curatorial fellowships at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin, the Art Galleries at Black Studies, and The Contemporary Austin. Before beginning her doctoral program, she served as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Interim Director of the Association for Academic Museums and Galleries.