Joseph L. Underwood is a PhD candidate from Lexington, Kentucky. With degrees in art history, art criticism, and French, he has conducted research in North and West Africa and won awards including the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, James G. Stemler Scholarship, and Skidmore College Faculty Development Grant. He has contributed to exhibition projects at the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Musée Boribana (Dakar), The Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art.
He is currently a Lecturer (Visiting Assistant Professor) in the Art History Department at Skidmore College where he teaches courses related to Africa and its Diaspora, African-American Art, Politics of Display, and Ephemeral Exhibitions (World Fairs, Biennials, Festivals).
His research focuses on the platforms which Senegalese artists have used since 1960 to navigate the increasingly global art world, moving within transnational networks to engage both local and foreign audiences.