Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Tennessee State University.
Kaleena Sales is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Tennessee State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in Nashville, TN. Her research and writing are rooted in racial justice and equity, with a specific focus on the ways culture informs aesthetics. Kaleena is co-author of the book, Extra-Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Non-Binary Field Guild for Graphic Designers, alongside Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara.
Through her service on AIGA's Design Educators Community Steering Committee, Kaleena advocated for a more inclusive view of design history through her Beyond the Bauhaus writing series, which served as inspiration for her new book, Centered: People and Ideas Diversifying Design, published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Kaleena is co-host of Design Observer’s The Design of Business | The Business of Design Minisodes podcast with Omari Souza, and is an active illustrator, with award-winning work featured in the 2021 Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Kaleena is currently researching the intersection of Black culture and design as a doctoral student at North Carolina State University.