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LaNitra Berger

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LaNitra M. Berger is director of fellowships and faculty in the Honors College at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she has helped students secure nearly 50 prestigious national and international fellowships, such as the Truman, Fulbright, Boren, Critical Language, Udall, and Gilman awards.

As an art historian, her research focuses on modern art in the African diaspora. Dr. Berger studies the intersections between the African and Jewish diasporas in the twentieth century. She is currently completing a book project on the German-Jewish South African artist Irma Stern.

Dr. Berger has been in the field of international education for more than 10 years. In her role as director of international programs and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education from 2005-2010, she was a published expert in the area of campus internationalization at historically black colleges and univerisites and diversifying education abroad. She continues this work at George Mason University, where she serves on eighteen different external and internal committees and advisory boards to promote student engagement in research and global education. In 2015, Dr. Berger received the Spirit of King Award from the George Mason University Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education for her efforts to promote study abroad among underrepresented groups.

Dr. Berger has spoken widely on African and African-American art and culture, most recently at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s Adult Learning Institute and the Iziko National Gallery of South Africa in Cape Town. She has also written widely for publication such as The American Prospect and served as a book reviewer for the Southern California Quarterly and the Journal of Jewish Identities.

Dr. Berger received her BA in art and international relations from Stanford University and her MA and PhD in art history from Duke University. She is originally from San Bernardino, California.


PhD, Art History, Duke University (2009)

MA, Art History, Duke University (2002)

BA, International Relations and Art, Stanford University (1999)


Center for Global Studies Faculty Research Grant

Current research focus is on modern art in South Africa and the intersections between the African and Jewish Diasporas.

Honors & Awards

Spirit of King Award, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Affairs, George Mason University, 2015

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA)

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Presentations & Performances

Pictures That Satisfy: Race and Nation in the Art of Irma Stern

March 23, 2016 | Gettysburg College

Diversifying Minority Student Participation in State Department Programs

January 20, 2016 | U.S. Department of State

Great Migrations: Jacob Lawrence, Edith Halpert, Julius Rosenwald and a Vision for Black America

January 11, 2016 | Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Adult Learning Institute