Faculty Name

Bernida Webb-Binder, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Art History


Art & Visual Culture



Office Location

Giles Hall G08


Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A.,  University of Denver
MLitt, The University of Auckland
B.A.,  Carleton College


Berinda Webb-Binder, Ph.D. most recently served as a gallery educator at Phillips Collection, a visiting assistant professor at Washington College and a development assistant and grant writer for the Monterey Museum of Art.

Her Master of Arts degrees were earned at Cornell and the University of Denver with a Master of Literature degree from the University of Auckland. The latter two qualifications were completed with the support of a Fulbright grant to New Zealand.

Her dissertation, "Affinities and Affiliations: Black Pacific Art in the United States and New Zealand, 1948-2008," was supported by a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. In it, she compares visual representations of the female body of color of and by Pacific American and African American women to uncover shared perspectives on blackness.
Her research area is Pacific art and blackness in diasporic art and visual culture in the United States and Oceania. Her broader interests are photographic portraiture, body art and performance, and narrative and identity.


"Pacific Identity through Space and Time in Lily Laita's Va i Ta"
The Space Between: Negotiating Culture, Place and Identity in the Pacific. Edited by A. Marata Tamaira. Occasional Paper 44, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2009. 25-34. Available online at: