Phoebe Wolfskill

Phoebe Wolfskill

Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Associate Professor, American Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • B.A., Emory University, 1997



  • Archibald Motley, Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art, University of Illinois Press, September 2017
  • Beholding Christ and Christianity in African-American Art, edited by James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill, Pennsylvania State Press, September 2017


  • “‘Comedy, Pathos, Delight, and Horror:’ Joyce J. Scott and the Racial Body” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts 39.4, 2017
  • “ ‘Comedy, Pathos, Delight, and Horror:’ Joyce J. Scott and the Racial Body” (submitted article)
  • Book review: Eugenie Tsai, ed., Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, exhibition catalogue. New York: Prestel, 2015. Reviewed for, fall 2015
  • Book review: Natalie A. Mault, ed. The Visual Blues, exhibition catalogue. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Museum of Art, 2014. Reviewed for, fall 2015
  • Book review: Lisa Farrington, African American Art: A Visual and Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 2016),

Selected publications

  • “Photographic Disruption in the Work of Emma Amos” in Shawnya L. Harris, ed., Emma Amos: Color Odyssey. Athens,GA: Georgia Museum of Art, 2021 (invited chapter forthcoming)
  • “‘Comedy, Pathos, Delight, and Horror:’ Joyce J. Scott and the Racial Body” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts (forthcoming, 2021)
  • “The Enduring Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance” in Edward Chambers, ed., Routledge Companion to African American Art (New York: Routledge, 2019)
  • “‘I Wish to Reveal’: A Conversation with Joyce J. Scott,” online exhibition catalogue, “Fragments of a Crucifixion,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, May 2019
  • “Love and Theft in the Art of Emma Amos,” Archives of American Art Journal 55, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 46-65
  • “Caricature and the New Negro in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr. and Palmer Hayden” Art Bulletin 91, no. 3 (September 2009): 343-365.
  • “‘You Must be Able to Laugh at Yourself:’ Reading Racial Caricature in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr. and his Successors” in Dana Williams, ed., Black Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, chapter 7.

Honors and awards

  • Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Summer 2020 (postponed until summer 2021 due to COVID 19)
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, Spring 2019
  • Seed Grant Award, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES), Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Research Travel Grant, College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI), Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Primary Source Immersion Grant, Indiana University, Summer 2018
  • Fellow, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), Indiana University, Summer-Fall 2018
  • Grant-in-Aid, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, November 2015-December 2016
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, 2014-2015.
  • Publication Grant, Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2006-2008
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate College, University of Illinois, 2005-2006

Courses recently taught

  • African American Art
  • Visual Arts of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Race in American Art
  • Africa in African American Art (graduate seminar)
  • Visual Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies (graduate seminar)
  • Photography of and by the African Diaspora
  • Black Women Artists
  • Art of the Civil Rights Movement