Alpesh Kantilal Patel is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. His art historical scholarship, criticism and curating reflects his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, Arts Council England, Fulbright Foundation, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the author of Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (Manchester University Press, 2017) and a contributor to numerous scholarly volumes and peer-reviewed journals. His current book project, tentatively titled “Transregional Entanglements: Sexual Artistic Geographies,” deliberately stages collisions and encounters between aesthetic practices that may appear unrelated at first glance. It does so to enact, perform, and instantiate cross- cultural contexts for sexual artistic geographies and thereby to bring into being a new world of intimacy and relationality across multiple times and spaces. At Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery, he organized and edited the accompanying catalogs of the solo exhibitions mounir fatmi, Tom Scicluna, Paul Donald and Saravanan Parasuraman. He has written over 50 reviews of exhibitions in Miami and throughout the world for magazines such as frieze, Hyperallergic, Artforum, artforum.com, and Art in America. Prior to arriving at FIU in 2011, he worked in the curatorial and director departments of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, both in New York City. Patel received his PhD in Art History & Visual Studies from the University of Manchester and a BA in History of Art with distinction from Yale University. In 2021, Intellect Press is publishing Storytellers of Arts Histories (co-edited with Yasmeen Siddiqui), an anthology of over 30 original first-person narratives from an international, inter-generational group of emerging and senior archivists, artists, curators, and art historians.