Rebecca L. Skinner Green is an associate professor in art history and has taught at BGSU since 1996. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Western Art and World Art, as well as courses on African, Oceanic, Mesoamerican, Indian & Southeast Asian, and Chinese & Japanese arts and cultures. She has also led two study-abroad courses to Ghana, West Africa and Bali, Indonesia. In 2021, Skinner Green was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Award.
Dr. Skinner Green’s research focuses on traditional and contemporary art and culture in Africa, with specialization on Madagascar, where she studies the elaborate relationships between ancestors, funerary practices, divination, gender roles, and traditional and contemporary art. Her research is also expanding into art and culture in the Caribbean, with primary focus on Trinidad and Tobago. Her work has been sponsored by a Social Science Research Council fellowship, a Foreign Language Area Studies grant, a Fulbright fellowship, two Fulbright-Hays fellowships, and an American Association of University Women fellowship. It has been the subject for articles, books, edited volumes, curated exhibitions, conference papers, and keynote presentations.
She is currently writing two books – one on foundational contemporary artists in Trinidad and Tobago, and another on traditional arts associated with funerary practices in highland Madagascar. She is also working on projects on contemporary Malagasy art, as well as the use of public community art in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.