Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD, is a New York-based curator, consultant, educator and arts administrator. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. Brooks Nelson holds a PhD in Aesthetics & Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008. She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, published in 2019 by Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs, and is also an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.