W. Ian Bourland earned his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago (2011) and his undergraduate in International Relations from Georgetown University (2004). His research explores the intersections between contemporary art, the legacy of modernism, and the history of globalization. In addition to courses on critical theory, African-American studies, and art in the twentieth century, he has taught seminars on urban theory and landscape, diaspora art and postcolonialism, and African antiquity and divination. His writing on diaspora is featured in the forthcoming Visual Studies Reader (Routledge, ed. James Elkins), Canvas, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He has also written catalog essays, most recently, for Siah Armajani (McKnight Foundation), Brendan Fernandes (Art in General), and Rashid Johnson (The MCA Chicago). He is currently completing a book manuscript on photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode, and writes criticism for artforum.com and other publications.