Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi


Assistant Professor

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


Curriculum Vitae


Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2010)

Research Interests

Historical and present-day arts of West Africa, with focus on arts sponsored by Senufo- and Mande-speaking communities; practices and theories of power and assemblage, of the seen and the unseen, of secrecy, and of masquerade; patronage; museums and display methods

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).


 “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. 


“Seeing the Unseeing Audience: Women and Power Association Masquerades,” under review.


Mapping Senufo, in progress with support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.