Jessica Bell Brown received her B.A. in art history at Northwestern University and is currently a Ph.D. student in modern and contemporary art. Her research explores the relationship between form, black radicalism, and abstraction in 20th-century African-American art. She has published critical essays on contemporary artists Senga Nengudi, Ed Clark, Eric Mack, and Wilmer Wilson, among others. Bell Brown is a Teach for America alumna, and has worked as a programming fellow at Creative Time and as a curatorial assistant for BAMart. She curated the 2012 exhibition loop, the first survey of new media and video works of art at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a 2016 McCrindle Intern at the Princeton University Art Museum, Bell Brown co-curated with Kelly Baum the exhibition Collecting Contemporary, 1960–2015: Selections from the Schorr Collection.