Jasmine Nichole Cobb is the Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. She earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and she is a recipient of the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She is the author of Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century (NYUP 2015), and the editor for African American Literature in Transition, Vol. 2 (Cambridge, forthcoming). She has written essays for MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, American Literary History and Public Culture and teaches courses on black visual culture and representation.