Atehortúa graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University where he studied art history. He researches the visual, material, religious, and popular culture of Afro-Latin America and the Caribbean. He has curatorial experience organizing exhibitions on modern and contemporary art. The first Marshall Scholar of his alma mater, he is also the first Beinecke Scholar. He recently returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil. As a Marshall Scholar, Diego will study at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester.