Grace Aneiza Ali

Assistant Professor & Provost Fellow

Grace Ali wears brown striped jacket, holding papers and speaking at a microphone

Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor and Provost Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and affiliated faculty with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Ali earned a M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University and a B.A. in English Literature (with a concentration in African Diaspora Literature) and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Ali is a Curator whose curatorial research and teaching practice centers on curatorial activism, socially engaged art practices, global contemporary art, and art of the Caribbean Diaspora with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She serves as Curator-at-Large for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York. She is founder and curator of Guyana Modern, an online platform for contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and activism. 

Ali is the recipient of the following awards and fellowships that have generously supported her work: NYU Provost Faculty Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and the NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. She has been named a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum and Creative Trailblazer by the Jahajee Sisters Indo-Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Summit. Ali serves as a proud mentor for Girls Write Now, a leader in arts education, writing and mentoring for underserved girls in New York City.  

Ali was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States with her family when she was fourteen years old.


Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora (Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK) Fall, 2020