Lucy Mensah is an educator, writer and independent art curator specializing in post- WWII and contemporary African American visual culture. She is currently a visiting
assistant professor of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mensah holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University , an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in English from Bucknell University. Her museum experience includes a fellowship at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., a curatorial internship at the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, a post-doctoral fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a curatorial position at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Mensah is currently working on two book projects. The first book project explores the the role of post-industrialism in shaping the aesthetics of the black male body in contemporary American art between the 1980s and the early 2000s. The second book project examines the possibilities of a care-centered curatorial praxis that
integrates non-Western exhibition practices and interrogates the colonial
epistemologies that remain present in museological practices.