Kirstin L. Ellsworth has a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Indiana University (2005). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art History at California State University Dominguez Hills. Publications include “Used and New: Artists’ Engagement with Materials in Southern California in the Late 1950s and 1960s” in The International Journal of the Humanities; “Africobra and the Negotiation of Visual Afrocentrisms” in Civilisations and “David Furman: Participatory Expectations” in The Artist is in the Details: The Ceramic Art of David Furman. Dr. Ellsworth is the co-editor of a volume of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal focused on women in the 1950s. She is the author of Grace Nicholson: Redrawing the Boundaries of Art and Life published by the Pacific Asia Museum.
Dr. Ellsworth serves on the Advisory Board of the Friends of Mulmangcho, Yeoju, South Korea, a boarding school designed for one-on-one teaching for North Korean refugee students ranging from elementary to high school. She is also on the Board of Directors of Global Partners International, Vancouver, British Columbia, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides language, cultural studies, and homestays throughout Canada.