Diego Atehortúa studied Art History at Rutgers. His research and writing have focused on the visual and material culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the Ibero- and Afro-Atlantic world. He has held curatorial roles at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, and Guggenheim Museum, and presented research at the University of New Mexico and University of Chicago. In 2019, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, where he taught and researched at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). The first Marshall Scholar of his alma mater, Diego is also its first Beinecke Scholar. In the United Kingdom, he will study Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge and Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the University of Oxford.