Jacqueline Francis, PhD, is an art historian specializing in U.S. art of the twentieth century and contemporary African Diaspora art. Her articles and reviews have been published in Radical History Review, American Art, Journal of American Studies, and other scholarly journals.
Her book, Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America, was published in 2012 by the University of Washington Press. She is a coeditor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (Yale University Press, 2011). Her essays have been published in The Image of the Black in Western Art (Volume 5), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Point of View: African American Art from the Elliott and Kymberly Perry Collection, Lava Thomas: Beyond, and Horace PIppin: "The Way I See It." She is a contributor to the forthcoming publications: Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, Joan Jonas on Our Mind, and The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection.
In San Francisco, she serves the boards of the 3.9 Artists Collective and the Queer Cultural Center. She is an advisor for the journals Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture and Panorama: Art and Visual Culture of the United States.
From 2012 to 2014 she was the vice president for the Annual Conference of the College Art Association, an international organization serving students and professionals working in the visual arts.
She has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Presently, she also lectures at San Francisco State University, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco Art Institute.