Steven Nelson was appointed director of the African Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles International Institute. He is a professor of African and African American art and architectural history at UCLA.
Dr. Nelson joined the faculty at UCLA in 2000. Previously, he taught at Tufts University and Wellesley College in Massachusetts. He is the author of From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007). He is currently working on books about the Underground Railroad and the history of the city of Dakar.
Professor Nelson is a graduate of Yale University. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in art and architectural history from Harvard University.