Richard J. Powell received his Ph.D. from Yale
University. His research and teaching interests lie in
American art, African American art, and theories of race
and representation in the African diaspora. He is also
interested in the media arts and conceptualizations of
the "folk" in world art and culture. His books include
Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
i> and Black Art: A Cultural History.
- "Linguists, Poets, and ‘Others’ on African American Art." American Art vol. 17 (Spring, 2003): 16-19.
- Black Art: A Cultural History. London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd.,
(2002). (Revised & expanded edition of Black Art & Culture in the 20th Century, 1997; Spanish translation: Arte y Cultura Negros en el Siglo XX, Barcelona: Ediciones Destino, S.A., 1998)
- "Appreciation. Jacob Lawrence: Keep on Movin’." American Art vol. 15 (Spring, 2001): 90-93.
- "To Be Real." The Barkley L. Hendricks Experience (2001): 13-15.
- "Sartor Africanus." Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture. Edited
by Susan Fillin-Yeh. (2001): 217-242.