- Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier
- Personal Chair in English Literature
- Edinburgh UK
Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Her fields of research include Slavery Studies, African American Studies, Black British Studies, and African Diaspora Studies. Her single-authored books include: African American Visual Arts: From Slavery to the Present (Edinburgh University Press and University of North Carolina Press, 2008), Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2012; winner of the 2013 British Association for American Studies Book Prize and co-winner of the 2014 European American Studies Network Book Prize), Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin (forthcoming Temple University Press 2015; winner of a Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, 2015); Stick to the Skin: Representing The Body, Memory and History in Fifty Years of African American and Black British Visual Arts (1965-2015) (University of California Press, submitted and forthcoming); Radical Remembering: A History of Contemporary African American Art (I. B. Tauris, in progress); Living Parchments: Artistry and Authorship in the Life and Works of Frederick Douglass (Yale University Press, in progress). In addition to Professor Bernier having completed as well as her ongoing involvement in co-authored and co-edited books and journal special issues, she has written over thirty articles and has also organised international conferences and symposia. In 2010 she was the recipient of a UK Philip Leverhulme Prize in Art History while in 2011, she was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship and in 2012 she was given a Terra Foundation for American Art Program Grant. Over the last few years, she has held visiting appointments and fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, King’s College London and the University of California, Santa Barbara in addition to her recent position as the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair in Art History at the University of Memphis (2014-15) and her current appointment as the Senior John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Center for the Humanities in North Carolina (2016-17).