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Kevin Tervala

African Studies, with a primary field in History of Art and Architecture

Kevin Tervala is an art and architectural historian currently pursuing a doctorate in African Studies at Harvard University. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture, social identity, and state formation in eastern Africa, although he maintains a keen interest in pre-colonial architectural and sculptural traditions across the continent. Currently, he is in the preliminary stages of a project exploring the transformation of Maasai architectural and spatial forms over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A strong believer in publicly engaged scholarship, Tervala has worked at both the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum for African Art, assisting in the development of exhibitions and educational programming about pre-colonial African art. Prior to arriving in Cambridge in 2012, he attended the University of Maryland, graduating in 2011 with degrees in art history and history, and worked at a community arts organization, Dance Place, in Washington, DC.