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Victoria Rovine stands in front of a colorful background featuring African textiles.
Victoria Rovine

Victoria Rovine, professor of art history, has been named the next director of Carolina Public Humanities. She begins her new role on July 1.

Rovine has been a member of the department of art and art history faculty since 2014, joining the Carolina community after positions at the University of Florida and the University of Iowa. She is also currently director of the UNC African Studies Center, a position she wraps up at the end of this semester.

She has had a long association with Carolina Public Humanities programming, having given a number of lectures and talks on campus and at community colleges that were sponsored by CPH, the University’s public outreach arm for the humanities. The program is one of the many ways UNC serves North Carolina by bringing faculty expertise and resources to partner with communities throughout the state.

Rovine is a scholar of African art, particularly African textiles and dress practices. She has published widely on African fashion designers, contemporary African artists and the representation of Africa in Europe through visual culture. Her public outreach experience began early in her career, when she worked as an educator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and later as a museum curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, where she saw firsthand the value of engagement and partnerships between the academic and public worlds.

Rovine succeeds Lloyd Kramer, professor of history, who has led Carolina Public Humanities since 2014. The program greatly expanded under Kramer’s tenure, even during the pandemic.



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