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Celeste-Marie Bernier

Celeste-Marie Bernier
Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier
Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies
Edinburgh UK

Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. 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 (Temple University Press 2015; winner of a Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, 2015); Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art (1965-2015) (University of California Press, 2019); Battleground: 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 five 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 as the Senior John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Center for the Humanities in North Carolina (2016-17).  She was the recipient of an AHRC Leadership Grant for her project on the Frederick Douglass family and she is currently working on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship Project titled Sacrifice is Survival.