Jessi DiTillio

PhD Candidate

Art History

Modern and Contemporary American Art

Research Interests

  • Difference and the Politics of Identity
  • Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora
  • Post-Identity
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Camp and Queer Theory
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • African American Art History and Historiography
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Parody, Pastiche, and Appropriation


BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, New York University

MA, Art History, University of Oregon


Jessi DiTillio is a 2019–2020 Luce/ACLS American Art Dissertation Fellow and a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, “After the Punchline: American Parody since 1970 as Generative Form,” examines parodies by Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon, and Nao Bustaman-te. She has held curatorial fellowships at the Visual Arts Center, the Art Galleries at Black Studies, and the Contemporary Austin. She is a co-founding member of the curatorial group Neon Queen Collective, with whom she organized a two-part exhibition in 2017 featuring installation and video work by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

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