Director, Arts Research Center

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art

Julia Bryan-Wilson (Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art) teaches art since 1945 in the US, Europe, and Latin America; she is also the Director of the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center. Her research interests include theories of artistic labor, feminist and queer theory, performance and dance, production/fabrication, craft histories, photography, video, visual culture of the nuclear age, and collaborative practices. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California, 2009, named a best book of the year by the New York Times and Artforum); Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016); and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (University of Chicago, 2017, a New York Times best art book of the year and winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award, the Robert Motherwell Book Award, and the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize).  She is the editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris (MIT Press, 2013), and co-editor of two special journal issues (“Visual Activism,” Journal of Visual Culture, 2016; and “Time Zones: Durational Art in its Contexts,” Representations, 2016).  

Bryan-Wilson is an adjunct curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, where in 2019 she co-curated the exhibit Women’s Histories. With Andrea Andersson, she curated Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017 and traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the ICA Philadelphia. She is currently writing a book about Louise Nevelson (under advanced contract with Yale University Press). 

Bryan-Wilson has published articles in Afterall, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Artforum, Bookforum, Camera Obscura, differences, Grey Room, October, the Journal of Modern Craft, Oxford Art Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, and many other venues. Her article “Invisible Products” received the 2013 Art Journal Award.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is on leave for the fall 2021 semester, returning in spring 2022. 

Acting Director, Arts Research Center

Chiyuma Elliott
Associate Professor, African American Studies 

Chiyuma Elliott is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly work focuses on poetry and the Harlem Renaissance. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma’s poems have appeared in the African American ReviewCallaloo, the Notre Dame Review, the PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Cave Canem, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of three books of poetry: At Most (2020), Vigil (2017), and California Winter League (2015). Her fourth poetry collection, Blue in Green, is forthcoming in fall of 2021 from the University of Chicago Press.

Elliott earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the ARC Poetry & the Senses Advisory Board.

Associate Director, Arts Research Center

Laurie Macfee

Laurie Macfee is a poet, artist, art administrator, and educator. She joined the Arts Research Center in 2018 and facilitates the Poetry and the Senses initiative. Macfee has over 20 years of art administration experience – she directed the Writing Program, as well as grants, at Vermont Studio Center; served as curator of education at the Nevada Museum of Art; directed the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at University of Nevada, Reno; and co-founded a non-profit art apprenticeship program for at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in Washington Square Review, Ninth Letter, Forklift, OhioTupelo Quarterly, and Rattle among others; her photos for Project 929: Mapping the Solar have been published widely, including and; over 200 reside in Nevada Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Macfee earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing/Poetry from Sierra Nevada University. She holds a B.F.A Fine Art/Photography and studied in the M.F.A. Fine Art program at University of South Florida.


Program Assistant, Arts Research Center

Sophia Hussain

Sophia Hussain is a writer and events programmer based in Berkeley. She is currently the Events Coordinator at the Berkeley Center for New Media, and has done programming at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Verso Books, and more. She is currently spending her summer reading Marx for the first time, taking Maryam Parhizkar’s class on Poetics and Possession, and writing about the DSM. Hussain will be joining ARC in mid-August. 





Media Assistant, Arts Research Center

Menat Allah El Attma

Menat Allah El Attma is an Egyptian Muslim woman, educator, writer, and visual artist. Menat graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English literature and is pursuing her teaching credential. She is a logophile and linguaphile, working to affect a similar love for words/languages in her students through the practice and art of storytelling. She believes art is in the telling of the story as much as the story itself. Menat was a 2020 Poetry & the Senses fellow, and will be writing blog posts on ARC events.