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Jasmine Nichole Cobb is Professor of African & African American Studies and of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, where she researches Black women, popular culture and visual representation.
She is the author of 3 books, including Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century, which explores the role of images in shaping views of African American citizenship before the 13th Amendment, and African American Literature in Transition, Vol. 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2021), an edited volume focusing on Black cultural production between 1800 and 1830. Her latest book, New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair (Duke University Press, 2023), examines the idea and image of “natural hair” through close readings of hair clippings, slave narratives, scrapbooks, travel illustration, documentary film and photography, as well as fine art.