Rachel Hooper is a professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. Her research on the origins of encyclopedic art museums in the United States lies at the intersection of American art, museum studies, and cultural history. She defended her dissertation "American Art Histories: Framing Race in Exhibitions, 1842-1876" in May 2018 under the supervision of Leo Costello. Her dissertation research was supported by a Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art and an Andrew W. Mellon Library Research Fellowship at the American Philosophical Society. Her forthcoming book will expose the racial politics at work in the foundation of art museums in the United States.