Brittany Sheldon

Brittany Sheldon
(707) 826-5798
Art A 20

Office Hours Spring 2024: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:20 - 3:40 PM (in-person, ArtA 20; *meet in ArtB 102)/Wednesdays and Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 PM (Zoom) 

Areas of interest: African art, African American art, Indigenous cultural and artistic traditions, and questions of art as it relates to history, society, power, identity, activism, meaning, value, authenticity, darkness, humor, and more.

Specialty Area

Art History


  • Introductory surveys (Art 103A and Art 103B)
  • Indigenous arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (104K)
  • American art (104J)
  • African American art and the Harlem Renaissance (304)


Postdoctoral fellowship at the Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester, NY
Master of Arts and PhD in Art History and African Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington 2009 & 2016
Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz 2007


  • "Indigenous expertise: African women's artistry connecting across time and space," Africa Review2016
  • Northern Ghanaian Women's Art: Visualizing CultureBlue Ridge Summit: Lexington Books, 2023