Helen Melling is a scholar of visual culture, whose research focuses on representations of the African diaspora in 18th and 19th century Peru. She is working on her first book, provisionally entitled Visualizing Black Peru: Representations of Afro-Peruvians in Late Colonial and 19th Century Lima. She is also a contributor to The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean, a companion to the series The Image of the Black in Western Art.
Most recently, Helen was an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, where she co-organised a conference on Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean (16th-19th centuries). During her time at Penn she will be working on her book manuscript and preparing an article for peer review based on new research.