Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • African Diaspora
  • Representation
  • Politics of Identity
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Black Feminism
  • Afropolitanism
  • Globalization and Circulation
  • Curatorial Studies


MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin

BA, Art History, University of South Florida


Phillip Townsend is a Doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in modern and contemporary art of the African Diaspora, focusing on the politics of identity and representational strategies of BIPOC artists. He is a co-founder of the Austin-based curatorial collective, Neon Queen Collective.

Phillip is the Curator of Art at Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin.