Richard J. Powell was named dean of the humanities at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke.
Professor Powell served as chair of the university’s department of art, art history, and visual studies department from 1996 to 2001. He is the former editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin, the official publication of the College Art Association. He serves on the advisory board of the International Review of African American Art.
Professor Powell holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He earned a master’s degree in Afro-American studies and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.