Dr. James Merle Thomas (US) is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator whose work examines the art, visual culture, and technology of the Cold War and contemporary periods. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Temple University and Curator at the Philadelphia-based exhibition space Slought, where his major research projects include a forthcoming documentary film, Tektite Revisited (co-produced with filmmaker Meghan O'Hara); and a forthcoming book, NASA and the Aesthetics of Habitable. His research is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Air and Space Museum. Prior to earning his doctorate in Art History at Stanford University, Thomas worked as a curator and editor in the field of contemporary art, serving as Assistant Curator and Editor of Publications for the 2nd Seville Biennial (2006), the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), and the 3rd Paris Triennial (2012). As co-founder of the research and performance group Quindar, Thomas served as a 2019 U.S. State Department Artist Envoy to Iceland and has held residencies at, among others, the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Mass MoCA.