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Nicole Ivy Faculty Member

Nicole Ivy writes and thinks about racial formations, memory, gender and sexuality, and the labor of representation. Her teaching, scholarship, and public engagement work highlight how knowledge about difference—both embodied and enacted—is produced and maintained over time. She received her joint PhD in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University. She has held appointments as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow; an inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) at Indiana University, Bloomington; and an Institute of Museum and Library Services Fellow at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her research has also been supported by the Ford Foundation; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to these appointments, she also served as the inaugural Director of Inclusion for the American Alliance of Museums and publishes widely on the role of museums and arts organizations in promoting equitable futures. She is currently finalizing a monograph titled, Materia Medica: Black Women, White Doctors and Spectacular Gynecology. A cultural history of the clinic as a site of slavery’s propagative power to destruct, Materia Medica maps the transit of a cohort of enslaved women through the Montgomery, Alabama clinic headed by J. Marion Sims and, later, Nathan Bozeman.

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