C. Daniel Dawson is a scholar and lecturer of African Diaspora and its impact on American culture. A multi-talented artist, Professor Dawson has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and arts administrator. He has a research focus on the African diaspora and its Culture. He has served as Curator of Photography, Film and Video at the Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), Director of Special Projects at the Caribbean Cultural Center (NYC) and Curatorial Consultant and Director of Education at the Museum for African Art (NYC).
As a photographer, he has shown in over 35 exhibitions. In addition, he has curated more than 50 exhibitions including Harlem Heyday: The Photographs of James Van Der Zee and The Sound I Saw: The Jazz Photographs of Roy DeCarava. Dawson has been Associated with many prize-winning films, including Head and Heart by James Mannas and Capoeiras of Brazil by Warrington Hudlin.. Prof. Dawson has also been associated with many prize-winning films including Head and Heart by James Mannas and Capoeiras of Brazil by Warrington Hudlin. He has worked as a consultant for the Cooper Hewitt Museum, International Center for Photography, Lincoln Center, Ralph Appelbaum Associates and three different divisions of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
As a scholar, he has lectured at the House of World Cultures (Berlin), the University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Princeton University and the Federal Universities of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil.
Dawson has also taught seminars on African Spirituality in the Americas at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Yale University. C. Daniel Dawson has lectured at the House of World Cultures-Berlin, the Kit Tropenmuseum-Amsterdam, the University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Federal University of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro-Brazil.
Professor Dawson is an expert on the history of maroon societies, communities of color that have fought for and established “liberated zones” of social, political, and artistic sovereignty in the past and the present. He lectures frequently on the subject, and is co-author of Capoeira: A Martial Art and a Cultural Tradition (Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 1999).
Article by C. Daniel Dawson, African Art Historian, 2002 “Treasure in the Terror: The African Cultural Legacy in the Americas”