Dani Ezor specializes in the material culture of exchange in the early modern French Empire, with a focus on gender, race, and colonialism in the long eighteenth century. They teach courses on Latin American and Caribbean art, race and colonialism, and ecocritical approaches to art history in the early modern era as well as the Introduction to Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary. They previously taught at Texas State University, San Marcos and Southern Methodist University, where they received their Ph.D. in 2023. 

Ezor’s research focuses on the materiality of luxury goods, such as porcelain, lacquer, silver, tropical hardwood, cotton and tortoiseshell. They are currently working on their first book project: "Whiteness at the Dressing Table: Race, Gender, and Materiality in the Eighteenth-Century French Caribbean and France." In this book, Ezor uses ecocriticism, theories of the object and post-colonial theory to examine the materials and objects of the toilette table in the French Caribbean and France prior to the French Revolution. They argue that the objects and consumables of the toilette table not only allow for but actively construct white femininity often at the expense of forced Black labor. Ezor published an excerpt of this project as an article with Journal18: “‘White when polished’: Race, Gender, and the Materiality of Silver at the Toilette Table.” This research has been supported by Wellesley College, the Newberry Library, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Decorative Arts Trust. Other interests include print culture, the art of the book, queer art and queer theory, and contemporary Black art. 

Areas of Expertise

Eighteenth-century French empire; colonial Latin America and the Caribbean; race and postcolonialism; early modern exchange


2023 — Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Methodist College

2016 — Master of Arts from Williams College

2013 — Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College

Courses Recently Taught

This course surveys Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Framing the study of art history within a social context, this course provides students with the tools for understanding style and interpreting meaning in individual works of art. Although this is a lecture format, discussion is encouraged. This counts toward the 100-level course requirement and Europe and Americas place requirements for the major. No prerequisite. Offered every semester.

Various topics in the history of early modern art between the late 13th and 18th centuries are explored in a seminar format. Each seminar provides a forum for the in-depth study of the methods of art historical research. Discussion of weekly readings, classroom presentations and research papers are required. This counts toward the Europe and the Americas place and the 600-1800 time requirements for the major. This course can be repeated up to two times for credit, so long as each covers different topics.