Rebecca L. Skinner Green
Associate Professor, Art History
Division Chair, Art History (ON LEAVE 2016-2017 Academic Year)
Ph.D., Indiana University, African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art History, 1996
MA, Indiana University, African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art History, 1991
BA, University of California at Santa Barbara, Art History (Honors in African Art History), 1986
Teaching Specialization: World Art and culture
Green teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including surveys, and all the World art history courses offered at BGSU: African, Oceanic, Asian, and MesoAmerican art and culture. She also teaches two study-abroad courses to Ghana, West Africa and Bali, Indonesia.
Areas of Research/Artistic Focus
Her research focuses on traditional and contemporary art and culture in Africa, with particular 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, and has been the subject for articles, books, edited volumes, and curated exhibitions.
Green's most recent conference presentations include a series of papers co-authored with Ewart C. Skinner, including: LeRoy Clarke and the Psyche of Development, on the panel Philosophical Perspectives on Development and Contemporary Caribbean Art co-chaired with Ewart C. Skinner, presented at the 38th annual Caribbean Studies Association conference in Grenada (2013). LeRoy Clarke: The Frontier of the Spirits, presented at the 55th Annual African Studies Association conference in Philadelphia (2012). Community Artistic Response to HIV/AIDS in Trinidad: Exploring (And Accepting) the Faces of HIV/AIDS, and Crichlow: Exploring Questions of Authenticity, Interconnectivity, and Self in Caribbean Art, both presented at the 37th annual Caribbean Studies Association in Guadeloupe (2012). Additional recent papers include: Community Murals in South Africa: Potentials for Caribbean Artistic Response to HIV/AIDS (co-authored with Lynn M. Brinkman), presented at the 2011 Caribbean HIV conference in The Bahamas (2011), and Kenwyn Crichlow: Post-Colonial Revisioning and Reimagining of the Caribbean Aesthetic (co-authored with Ewart C. Skinner), presented at the 15th Triennial Symposium of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association in Los Angeles (2011).
Green's most recent publications include a number of chapters, such as: "Conceptions of Identity and Tradition in Highland Malagasy Clothing," in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Special Issue: African Fashion/African Style. Victoria Rovine (editor), 13(2):177-214. June 2009; and "From Cemetery to Runway: Dress and Identity in Highland Madagascar," in Contemporary African Fashion. Suzanne Gott and Tina Loughran (eds). pp.138-153. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press. 2010. Green has also authored: "Kanga/Proverb Cloths‚" in Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Valerie Steele (ed.), Detroit: Charles Scribner & Sons, 2005; "Betsileo Textiles: Negotiating Identity Between the Living and the Dead," in Unwrapping A Little-Known Textile Tradition: The Field Museum's Madagascar Textile Collection. Chapurukha M. Kusimba, Judy Odland, and Bennet Bronson (eds). Los Angeles: UCLA's Fowler Museum, 2005; and "Ancestral Dreams: Re-Visiting the Past, Re-Living the Present, Re-Creating the Future," in Memory and Representation: Constructed Truths and Competing Realities. Eber, Dena E., and Arthur G. Neal (eds), Bowling Green: Popular Culture Press, 2001.
Green is currently writing two books, on traditional arts of highland Madagascar, and on contemporary Malagasy art, as well as working on projects concerning the use of public community art in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, and is currently involved in an extensive research project on contemporary artists in Trinidad/Tobago.
Faculty member at BGSU since 1996.