Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

Assistant Professor

Office: 140 Carlos Hall
Phone: 404-727-0808

Mailing Address:

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.