Gadsden, Cynthia 

Assistant Professor
Art History

B.A. (1983) Talladega College
M.B.A (1987) Tennessee State University
B.S. (2006) Tennessee State University
M.A. (2008) Ohio University
PhD. (2018) California Institute of Integral Studies (anticipated)




Cynthia Gadsden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Printmaking, from Tennessee State University. In addition, she received a Master of Arts in Art History from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her master’s thesis titled, Artforum, Basquiat, and the 1980s, focused on influential art writing and the artist’s career. At present, Professor Gadsden is working toward a doctoral degree in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her current research and work examines the transformative interconnectivity between culture, community, and visual art.

Prior to a career in academia, Professor Gadsden spent 10 years in the publishing industry, in the areas of product management, sales, and editorial. During her tenure with Abingdon Press, a well-respected, international press, she worked with numerous authors and edited more than 70 books.