Sara Wood

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Sara Wood’s research focuses upon the interaction between aesthetic experimentation and issues of representation in the work of African American artists. She is particularly interested in the way that artists engage in formal and stylistic experiments whilst negotiating with the demands placed on them as ‘black artists’. She traces the ways in which artists such as Norman Lewis and Roy DeCarava reconfigure the boundaries of aesthetic modes whilst developing new ways to envision black experience. She is currently completing an article on the controversial exhibition, Harlem on My Mind, which was staged at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1969. She is planning a larger project which seeks to explore the cross-currents between twentieth-century American literature and visual art.

Dr Wood would be happy to supervise doctoral research on any of the topics above, particularly twentieth-century American literature and African American visual art.