William Bourland

I am a cultural critic and historian of global contemporary art, with an emphasis on problems of colonialism, postcolonialism, and empire.

William Bourland

As an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program and contributor to a range of international publications, my scholarship investigates an array of cultural strategies, including photography, film, music, and new media.


Such research is reflected in courses that survey global modernism, contemporary art, and photographic history, as well as thematic seminars on the Black Atlantic, exile and diaspora, critical theory, and a summer intensive program in South Africa that I cofounded in 2014. Currently, I am contributing editor of frieze, where I write about art and pop culture. Before joining the College at Georgetown, I taught at the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois, and was on faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art.