Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

Assistant Professor

Art History Department
Emory University
140 Carlos Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Interests

Historical and present-day arts of West Africa, with a focus on arts identified as Senufo, Bamana, and Mande; practices and theories of power and assemblage, of the seen and the unseen, of secrecy, and of masquerade; patronage; museums and display methods; theories of archives and of knowledge production; maps and mapping; digital humanities

Selected Publications


Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa, Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art; Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2015.

Translated by Anne-Marie Bouttiaux as Senufo sans frontières. La dynamique des arts et des identités en Afrique de l’Ouest, Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art; Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2015.


(Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi and Joanna Gardner-Huggett) “Introduction to the Special Issue: Spatial Art History in the Digital Realm,” Historical Geography (hosted by UNM University Libraries) 45 (2017): 17-36. 

MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas: Transforming the Humanities with Geo-Spatial Analysis.Southern Spaces (online), 28 June 2016.

(Robin O’Hern, Ellen Pearlstein, and Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi) “Beyond the Surface: Where Cultural Contexts and Scientific Analyses Meet in the Conservation of Komo Helmet Masks in Museum Collections.” Museum Anthropology 39, 1 (2016): 70-86.

(Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi and Constantine Petridis) Exhibition preview, “Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa,” exhibition preview. African Arts 48, 1 (2015): 6-23.

“Masquerades as the Public Face: Art of Contemporary Hunters’ Associations in Western Burkina Faso.” African Arts 46, 4 (2013): 46-59.

“Mining the Rubin Archive: Mid-Twentieth-Century Documentation of Two Mumuye Vabo Masquerades.” In Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, edited by Marla C. Berns, Richard Fardon, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir. Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2011. 354-63.

Current Projects


“Seeing the Unseen: Arts of Power Associations on the Senufo-Mande Cultural ‘Frontier’,” in progress.

Articles or Chapters:

“Individual Agency, Dynamic Contexts, and the Art of Masquerade,” introduction to a partial special issue, and “Seeing the Unseeing Audience: Women and West African Power Association Masquerades,” an article for the issue, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, accepted and in press.

Mapping Senufo: Mapping as a Method to Undermine Colonial Histories,” in progress.


Mapping Senufo, collaborative, born-digital publication initiated with support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, in progress.