Babatunde Lawal


Department of Art History

Babatunde Lawal is a professor of Art History He specializes in African, African American and African Diaspora art with a personal research focus on the ancient and contemporary arts of Nigeria, particularly the visual culture of the Yoruba and its influences in the Americas. He has conducted fieldwork in Africa, the Caribbean, United States and Brazil. He has published widely, in addition to presenting papers, chairing sessions and delivering keynote addresses at international conferences within and outside the United States. Lawal has served as visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Harvard University, Williams College, and the State University of Bahia in Salvador-Brazil, among others. He has also served as a consultant for major museums such as the British Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Newark Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chrysler Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Seattle Art Museum and High Museum of Art. Lawal received his Ph.D and MA in art history from Indiana University in Bloomington, as well as a BA in graphic design from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.