Giulia Paoletti is an assistant professor of African art at the University of Virginia. Her research examines 19th- and 20th-century African art with a focus on the histories of photography in West Africa. She is working on a book manuscript tracing the origins and early developments of photography in Senegal (1860-1960). The book is based on two years of fieldwork and her dissertation, which received the Arts Council of the African Studies Association’s 2017 Roy Sieber Dissertation Award. She has received a number of grants and fellowships, and her articles have appeared in numerous prestigious journals and edited volumes. She was a co-editor for The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa, and has co-curated exhibitions at the Dak’art Biennial OFF 2018, Wallach Art Gallery, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.