Jehan Roberson Collections Specialist

 Portrait

Jehan Roberson is a writer, educator, and artist using text as the basis for her interdisciplinary art practice. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Jehan’s work explores text as a site of liberation, place making, and historical intervention for Black peoples in the Americas. Jehan’s performance practice centers these same themes through embodiment. Her art and research have informed her previous work in archives and cultural sites such as the National Civil Rights Museum and the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis, Kismet Productions in Chicago, and the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a MA from NYU's John W. Draper School of Humanities and Social Thought and a BA in English Literature with a double minor in Spanish and Journalism from the University of Missouri. Her work has been published in MadameNoire, VICE, Public Books, emisférica, and Kalyani Magazine, among others. She is on the editorial board of Teachers & Writers Magazine and is a member of the editorial collective for Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Jehan is a 2017 and 2018 Public Performance Art fellow with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and is the founder of Latitudes, an artistic organization exploring Black radical literary archives in the Americas.