Kency Cornejo

    Assistant Professor, Art and Art History

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Dr. Kency Cornejo received an appointment in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of New Mexico in 2014. She is a scholar of contemporary and modern Latin American art history, with emphasis on Central America and its diaspora. She offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate art history courses. Dr. Cornejo’s teaching and research interests focus on a wide range of topics, including: art and politics, decoloniality, femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights and epistemologies. Currently, Cornejo is working on her first book manuscript based on her dissertation, Visual Disobedience: The Geopolitics of Experimental Art in Central America, 1990-Present, which critically analyzes twenty-five years of contemporary art in post-war Central America.


  • PhD in Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University (2014)
  • MA in Latin American Art History, University of Texas, Austin (2007)
  • BA in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles (2005)

Research Areas

  • Femicide
  • Immigration
  • Indigenous Rights and Epistemologies
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Prisons
  • Race, Gender, (De)coloniality

Country Specialization(s)

  • Central America

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • ARTH 429/529 Experimental Art & Politics in Latin America, Post-1968
  • ARTH 582 Decoloniality and Art
  • ARTH 582 Contemporary Art of Central America and its Diaspora
  • ARTH 429/529 Modern Latin American Art
  • ARTH 429/529 Decoloniality, Indigeneity, and Art in Latin America
  • ARTH 429/529 Women Artists in Latin America
  • ARTH 429/583 Curatorial Practices: Exhibition of Ltam & Lat Art