Melanie Lukas studies the arts of Africa in exchange with Latin America and Europe during the early modern period with Professor Cécile Fromont. She is interested in the patronage, production, and transmission of art across cultures, and the role of the art object within various economies of value. She received her dual BA in the History of Art and International Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate she interned in the department of African art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Prior to beginning graduate studies, she worked at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, as an assistant in the department of modern prints and drawings and in the publishing office.