Alisa Swindell has been an independent art writer, curator, and adjunct art history instructor. She served as the Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum for 2007–08. Before coming to St. Louis, Swindell taught art history, and for twelve years worked as an arts administrator with visual and performing arts organizations. Her primary areas of research include race and sexuality/gender in photography and contemporary art. She holds an AB in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in arts administration from the University of New Orleans, and an MA in modern art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Swindell has published on the subjects of food and race in the artwork of Kara Walker for Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, and on contemporary artists' approaches to self. Her most recent published work is the essay "Longing to Touch" for the exhibition catalogue Texture. She currently lives in Chicago.