Grace Woods-Puckett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Head of College of Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Humanities


  • Research Consultant on “Degas and Millinery,” exhibition for the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Primary researcher, cataloguer, and curatorial consultant for private collection of African Art
  • Curatorial Consultant and Researcher on “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures,” for the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Robert Lehman Foundation Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • Provost’s Global Research Initiative Fellowship (London), New York University
  • Sheldon Solow Graduate Fellowship and Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • Award-winning Lead Teacher and Master Tutor for the Princeton Review

Grace Woods-Puckett’s research specialties include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European art and the arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Questions of national identity, performance, myth, and networks inform her current research. Woods-Puckett earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and B.A. in Art History from Smith College.

Professor Woods-Puckett believes curiosity and enthusiasm are two of a student’s most powerful tools; helping her students discover how to activate and harness those powers is one of her great joys. Professor Woods-Puckett teaches courses in multimodal communications and across the Arts and Literature concentration on topics such as art & social change, decoding art and literature, artistic communication and expression, and tutorials like Interrogating Museums and Art in the Digital Realm. She is also the Head of the College of Arts and Humanities.