Ivy Mills

Job title: 
Continuing Lecturer
Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora
Ivy Mills teaches courses on African arts and visual cultures in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley; she also serves as the department’s Reading and Composition Program Coordinator. Trained in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley, she has lived in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal, where she conducted Fulbright-funded research on Senegalese cultural production and taught university courses. She has ongoing research projects in Senegal and Nigeria on contemporary works that engage with questions of social exclusion and gender asymmetries in religious practice and representation. She co-curated the Bernice L. Brown Gallery exhibition Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal, and has moderated conversations with artists and curators for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and the Berkeley Art Museum. She contributed to the Oakland Museum of California’s 2021 exhibition Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism. She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Iconographies of Exclusion: Gender, Animality, and the Limits of Community in Senegalese Visual Culture.

Courses taught in the department:

  • HA 27: Visual Cultures of Africa
  • HA 190M: African Aesthetics
  • HA 190T: Contemporary African Art in Transnational Perspective
  • HA 192M: Urban Africa
  • HA 192M: Popular Visual Cultures of the Global South: Africa in India, India in Africa
  • HA 192M: Transformations: Modern and Contemporary African Art 
  • HA 192M: African Power
  • HA 192M: Lagos: Picturing the African Megacity
  • HA 290M/CYPLAN 291: Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria (Mellon-funded Global Urban Humanities Graduate Travel Studio)
  • HA R1B: African Bodies in Film, Art & Fashion
  •  HA R1B: Hyenas, Donkeys, and Dirty Diesels: Figures of Social Death in Children’s Animation, Folktales, and World Art
  • HA R1B: Missing Heads, Mermaids, and Masquerades: Visual Culture in Urban Nigeria


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
B.A., American University of Paris, 1998 


Office Hours: Spring 2024

Thursdays: 11:00am - 12:30pm in 432 Doe (in person) or on Zoom (email ivymills@berkeley.edu for Zoom link).