Assistant Professor, Art History
Kyrah Malika Daniels is Assistant Professor of Art History and African & African Diaspora Studies, with a courtesy appointment in Theology. Her research interests and course topics include Africana religions, sacred arts and material culture, race, religion and visual culture, and ritual healing traditions in the Black Atlantic. Her first book (Art of the Healing Gods, in progress) is a comparative religion project that examines key ritual art objects used in healing ceremonies to treat spiritual illnesses and mental health conditions in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daniels was awarded a Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art for 2019-2020, and is currently on leave for fall 2020 to finish her book manuscript.
Between 2009-2010, Daniels served as Junior Curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Following the earthquake of 2010, she worked in St. Raphael, Haiti, with Lakou Soley Academic and Cultural Arts Center, a grassroots organization that develops arts-based pedagogy. Her work has been published in the Journal of Africana Religions, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the Journal for the American Academy of Religion. Daniels currently serves as Vice-President for KOSANBA, the Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou, and as a Leadership Council Member for the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA). She completed her B.A. in Africana Studies at Stanford University, and received her M.A. in Religion and her Ph.D. in African & African American Studies at Harvard University.
Art of the Healing Gods: Spiritual Illness and Sacred Art of the Black Atlantic (in progress)
"Sea, Sky, Stone, and Cemetery: Vodou's Divine Nature and Religious Archetypes in Edwidge Danticat's Krik? Krak! and After the Dance," in The Bloomsbury Companion to Edwidge Danticat, eds. Nadege Clitandre and Jana Braziel. New York City: Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming, 2020).
"She Wears the Mask: Black Atlantic Masquerade in the Work of Carrie Mae Weems," in Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement, eds. Robin Lydenberg and Ash Anderson. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press and McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2018, 47-56.
"Whiteness in the Ancestral Waters: Race, Religion, and Conversion within North American Buddhism and Haitian Vodou," The Journal of Interreligious Studies, Special Issue: The Color of God: Faith, Race, and Interreligious Dialogue, Issue 23 (May 2018): 90-102. Eds. Axel Oaks Takács and Funlayo E. Wood.
“Mirror Mausoleums, Mortuary Rites, and Haitian Religious Unexceptionalism,” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 85, Issue 4, 30 December 2017, pp. 957-984.
“The Coolness of Cleansing: Sacred Waters, Medicinal Plants, and Ritual Baths of Haiti and Peru,” in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Vol. XVI, No. 1, special edition on The Biology of Culture, Fall 2016, pp. 21-24.
Review of Timothy Landry's Vodún: Secrecy and the Search for Divine Power (2018). Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 22, Issue 1 (March 2020): 263-266, https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfz098.