Students

Students
Mal Ahern
Randall Albers
Kenneth Allan
Eduardo de Almeida
David Alworth
Samuel Baker
W. Ian Bourland
James E. Brunson III
Anna Brzyski
Valeria Cammarata
Kris Cohen
Jennifer Ruddock-Cordileone
Benjamin David
Rebecca DeRoo
Timothy Erwin
Tanya Fernando
Robert Friedman
Maki Fukuoka
David Grubbs
Ming Dong Gu
Hannah Higgins
James Hodge
Matthew Hofer
Zachary R. Hooker
Adam Jolles
Elizabeth A. Kessler
Darby Lewes
Riccardo Marchi
Stephen Paul Miller
Kristine Nielsen
Alison Pearlman
Anthony Raynsford
Rebecca Reynolds
John Paul Ricco
Christa Robbins
Michael Robbins
Jeffrey Saletnik
Raél Jero Salley
Edward Shanken
Harmon Siegel
Levi Smith
Margaret Soltan
Freida Tesfagiorgis
Daniel Tiffany
Orrin Wang
Tina Yarborough
Paul Young
Rebecca Zorach

Mal Ahern: malahern@gmail.com

Mal Ahern works in the collection of Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY, where she recently helped complete a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to catalog the Museum’s silent- and early sound-era holdings. Currently she works on the care and documentation of the Museum’s collection of over 100,000 objects related to film, TV, and digital media. Mal is also a student at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is working on a Master’s in film studies. Her interests include film historiography, early cinema, and the 1960s (especially the work of Andy Warhol). She is especially interested in the historical and theoretical intersections between film and photography.


Randall Albers: ralbers@popmail.colum.edu
Chair, Fiction Writing Department
Columbia College
Chicago 600 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Randall Albers chairs the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago,home to the Story Workshop approach and one of the largest graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs in the country. He is also founding producer of the Story Week Festival of Writers, now one of Chicago’s largest literary festivals. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Review, Northfield Magazine, Mendocino Review, F Magazine, Writing From Start to Finish, and elsewhere.  A chapter from his novel-in-progress, All the World Before Them, appearing in the Summer 2001 issue of F Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Selections from his roundtable discussion with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bharati Mukherjee, April Sinclair, Don De Grazia, and Geling Yan, “Censorship and the Writer’s Voice,” is forthcoming in F Magazine (Fall 2002). He is also co-writer and co-producer of the Story Workshop creative writing video tapes, “The Living Voice Moves” and Story from First Impulse to Final Draft,” and has appeared at numerous national conferences on writing and the teaching of writing. A Certified Story Workshop Master Teacher, he is a former recipient of the Columbia College Teaching Excellence Award.


Kenneth D. Allan: allank@seattleu.edu
Assistant Professor of Art History
Seattle University
Department of Fine Arts
901 12th Avenue P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Ken Allan is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Seattle University who specializes in post-WWII American & European art. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2005. Recent upper-division courses and seminars have included, “Space & Site in Contemporary Art” and “Art of the 1960s: Origins of Postmodernism.” He is currently working on a book on artistic practice, social space and spectatorship in 1960s Los Angeles. Recent publications include a book review of Cecile Whiting’s Pop L. A.: Art and the City in the 1960s for Art Journal and an essay on the notion of the avant-garde in 1950s Los Angeles in Archives of American Art Journal. He has also published catalog essays on Lee Lozano and David Reed in Blanton Museum of Art: American Art since 1900 (University of Texas at Austin, 2006), and articles and reviews on figures such as Ed Ruscha, Walter Hopps, Tim Hawkinson and Mark Allen in X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly (where Allan is on the editorial board). He has presented his work at conferences in the UK, Canada and the US. In 2007-2008, he was invited to speak at the Getty Center for the conference “Cote a Cote-Coast to Coast: Art and Jazz in France and California,” and at a symposium accompanying the Ed Ruscha and Photography exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.


Eduardo de Almeida: dealmeid@uchicago.edu
Ph.D. Student
Department of English
University of Chicago

Eduardo de Almeida is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English. His research interests include early American literary and cultural production, media theory, Asian American literature, and critical theory. His dissertation attends to the poetics of repetition and form in examining the ways in which contingency and contagion are mutually inflected in Asian American literature. Currently, Eduardo’s research is focused on exploring the relationships between modalities of colonizing imperatives in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century transatlantic print and visual culture. One final thing: there sits, atop the list of texts he hopes never to encounter, the following title: “eXistenDing Digits: Transcoding the Anaesthetics of Puppetry.”


David Alworth: dja1@uchicago.edu
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
University of Chicago

David J. Alworth is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature. His dissertation, “The Site of the Social: Supermarkets, Landfills, Roads, and Ruins,” conceptualizes the social as an association of humans and nonhumans by examining site-specific literary and visual art in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. His areas of specialization include Twentieth Century literary and visual art, post-World War II U. S. cultural and intellectual history, social theory, media studies, and the multidisciplinary research field known as the “cultures and histories of the human sciences.” With support from the Social Science Research Council, he has completed archival and ethnographic fieldwork in Malta and in Germany. His recent work appears in a special issue of New Literary History devoted to “New Sociologies of Literature” (www.newliteraryhistory.org).


Samuel Baker: sebaker@mail.utexas.edu
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78713

In his just-published book, Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture, Professor Baker argues that the Romantic idea of universal culture took shape within imaginative horizons fundamentally shaped by Britain’s maritime-imperial aspirations. Dr. Baker is also writing a series of essays on ethical dispositions in the Romantic novel, tracking how stoicism and skepticism, among other attitudes, ceased to refer to specific philosophical schools and began to be seen as general psychological orientations. Before returning to academia to take his Ph.D., Professor Baker worked as a journalist and book reviewer, as well as in museums and libraries. These experiences left him something of a generalist, and he maintains broad interests in literature and art, in film and media studies, and in politics. His current enthusiasms include works by Samuel Prout, Elizabeth Bishop, and Raul Ruiz. On a more conceptual level, he is preoccupied by the artistic evocation of place, especially as it intersects with the shaping of collective and individual subjectivity; by ethical theory, especially in relation to politics and gender and sexuality; and by problems in the aesthetics and sociology of representation.


W. Ian Bourland: wianbourland@gmail.com BourlandBio
MICA Baltimore

W. Ian Bourland is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at MICA in Baltimore, where he works on the intersection of photography, globalization, and politics.  He writes widely for a range of publications, including recent essays for the MCA Chicago and Parasol Unit, as well as the journals NKA and African Arts. He is finishing a book project on the 1980s and writing a series of articles on technology and race.  You can find his criticism online and in the pages of Artforum.


James E. Brunson III: jbrunson@niu.edu
Northern Illinois University

James Edward Brunson III is an art historian who specializes in American modernism. Brunson received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Scholarly interests include race and gender in Nineteenth Century America. His work has been published in Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game (edited by John Thorn), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal. Recently, McFarland Press published his book, The Early Image of Black Baseball: Race and Representation in the Popular Press, 1871-1890. Brunson’s follow-up work is tentatively titled: The Last Colored Base Ball Book (a title obviously inspired by The Last Dinosaur Book). A practicing artist who specializes in watercolor painting (Brunson painted his book cover), he teaches Hip Hop and Visual Culture at Northern Illinois University.


Anna Brzyski: Anna.Brzyski@uky.edu
Associate Professor Department of Art
University of Kentucky 207 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Homepage: http://www.uky.edu/~abrzy2/Index.htm

Anna Brzyski joined the faculty of the Art Department at the University of Kentucky in 2003. She teaches courses in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century European art, as well as theory, methodology, and criticism. She has taught courses on a broad range of topics, including visual culture, aesthetics, Nineteenth Century art, classicism, postmodernism, contemporary art, abstraction, and landscape. Her research interests focus broadly on how value and legitimacy have been negotiated within particular artworlds and across artword meshworks and how particular paradigms of knowledge emerge and why they are maintained. Her dissertation (“Modern Art and Nationalism in Fin de Siècle Poland”) and the majority of her publications have dealt so far with Central/Eastern Europe and in particular Poland during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Her work has appeared in Art Criticism, Centropa, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, an anthology Art and National Identity at the Turn of the Century, edited by Michelle Facos and Sharon Hirsh (Cambridge 2003), and an anthology Local Strategies – International Ambitions. Modern Art and Central Europe, 1918-1968, edited by Vojtech Lehoda (Czech Academy of Sciences, forthcoming in 2005). She co-edited with Peter Chametzky a special issue of Centropa (September 2001) entitled “Modernism and Nationalism, Postmodernism and Postnationalism?” and is currently working on two book projects, an anthology Partisan Canons (Duke University Press, forthcoming) and Art in the Age of Art History. Modernism, Nationalism and Legitimacy in Nineteenth Century Europe. Prof. Brzyski is also the project director and compiler of the Polish Art Archive, a digital database of primary source materials pertaining to Polish art, a project funded by Southern Illinois University and the US Department of Educations. She is also the designer and the site manager of the HGCEA website (Historians of German & Central European Art & Architecture). She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the ArtWorlds Press.


Valeria Cammarata: vcammarata@unipa.it
Fellow, University of Palermo
Department of Cultural Studies
Viale delle Scienze, ed. 1590128
Palermo, Italy

Valeria Cammarata is fellow of Comparative Literature at the University of Palermo. She received both her MA in Visual Culture and her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the University of Palermo. Her dissertation was about the “Archaeology of Feminine Gaze”, focusing on women writing about science and literature between the Seventeenth Century and Eighteenth Century. Her main research field his the relationship between image and literature in European Literature (Italo Calvino, George Perec, Laurence Sterne, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood).


Kris Cohen: krcohen@reed.edu
Assistant Professor Art History and Humanities
Reed College

Kris Cohen studies intimacy and belonging in mediated environments such as the Web, publics, and works of art. He has written on web-based photography, conceptual art and copyright law, blogs, and the challenges to theory and criticism posed by writing in medias res. His dissertation sets out to conceptualize the changing politics and aesthetics of encounter by considering scenes of laughter, protest and searching in ordinary life and in the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sharon Hayes, and Thomson & Craighead.


Jennifer Ruddock-Cordileone: cordileone@uchicago.edu

Jennifer Ruddock-Cordileone received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California San Diego in 2010, earning highest honors for her thesis, “Dismantling Dominating Discourses: August Sander and Walker Evans.”  She then completed her M.A. degree in Humanities at the University of Chicago, where her research concentrated on the history and theory of photography.  Jennifer’s M.A. thesis, “Catherine Opie: Fluidity as American Landscape,” acknowledging the limitations of photographic documentation of community, explored Opie’s explicit engagement and confrontations with these very boundaries, thereby providing nuance to commonly accepted interpretations of the artist’s oeuvre. Jennifer was awarded a Graduate Research Grant from the University of Chicago to support her continuing research. In addition to formal scholarship, Jennifer’s art historical training was enhanced by several curatorial internships at diverse institutions. Most recently, she was selected as a Hilla Rebay Graduate Intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she participated in the installation of “Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective,” the implementation several public programs related to the exhibition, and the research of potential photography committee acquisitions. She also interned at: the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts, and the San Diego Museum of Art.


Benjamin David: bendavid@lclark.edu
Associate Professor Department of Art History
Lewis & Clark
Portland, Oregon

Benjamin David specializes in Italian art from 1300-1600, with an emphasis on Early Renaissance painting. His scholarship and teaching engage the historical and theoretical implications of the practice of narrative in Renaissance art and theories of narrative more generally. He is especially interested in the relationship between art and literature. Other research projects and courses explore the complex nature of the Renaissance engagement with classical antiquity and visualizations of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the Fourteenth Century to the present day.


Rebecca DeRoo: rderoo@artsci.wustl.edu
Assistant Professor Department of Art History and Archaeology
Washington University in St. Louis
 http://artsci.wustl.edu/~artarch/sections/faculty/deroo.html

Rebecca DeRoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University, St. Louis. Her book, The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art (Cambridge, 2006) explains how the protests that shook France in 1968-the largest insurrections in the modern West-triggered a radical reconsideration of artistic practice and exhibition display that has shaped both art and museums up to the present. Her book received the 2008 Laurence Wylie Prize for French cultural studies. Her current book project, Agnes Varda, Feminism, and The New Wave, reveals the influential French filmmaker’s complex visual rhetoric and participation in progressive, trans-Atlantic feminist debates. Rebecca DeRoo’s grants and awards include a residency at the French National Institute of Art History, a Killam postdoctoral fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship for research in France, an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Washington University Graduate Student Senate, and a Rhoades Foundation Fellowship through which she curated the “Beyond the Photographic Frame” exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Tanya Fernando
Assistant Professor Department of English
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tanya Fernando received both her A.B. in History and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. She is currently teaching in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her teaching and research interests bring together a wide variety of disciplines, including history, anthropology, and the literary, visual, and performing arts. The classes she designs are based on themes or concepts, such as primitivism, modernism, or beauty, and seek to elaborate larger theoretical and political issues by using texts from across the humanities and social sciences. She is currently working on a book, Shock Treatments, that traces a genealogy of “shock,” one of modernism’s significant modes of representation, critique, and cure. She demonstrates how, in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, modernist shock worked as an organizing aesthetic principle that established a discursive link between theories of race and sexuality, and a range of disciplines, particularly medicine, psychology, and anthropology. In addition, drawing on her interest in the arts and cultural policy, she is working on a play. Dance, Salome! Dance! explores questions of commodification, patronage, and desire.


Timothy Erwin: timothy@unlv.edu
Chair and Professor, Cultural Studies
Department of English University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Box 4550114505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5011

Timothy Erwin teaches a variety of courses, from the sophomore-level world literature survey to specialized graduate-level courses in visual culture.  His interests range from scholarship to postmodern theory. His work often concerns shifting visual-verbal relations in British literature–writing that was actually illustrated by engravings or that alludes to visual images. Prof. Erwin took the Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1984, where he studied with W.J.T. Mitchell. While in graduate school he edited several prize-winning numbers of Chicago Review. After that Professor Erwin taught at universities in California and New Jersey. He has participated in summer programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, UCSB, and Yale. Other summer grants have taken him to UCLA’s Clark Library and the Yale Center for British Art. From 1995-1998 he served in the delegate assembly of the Modern Language Association. From 1996-2000 he served as associate editor and editor of Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture, published for the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies by the Johns Hopkins University Press. His articles and reviews have appeared in Chicago Review, Eighteenth Century Studies, Eighteenth Century Life, Halcyon, Huntington Library Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, in the collections Visual Theory: Painting and Interpretation, Reconceptualizing Nature, Science, and Aesthetics: Contribution a une Nouvelle Approche des Lumieres Helvetiques, Approaches to the Teaching of Samuel Johnson, Image and Ideology in Modern / Postmodern Discourse, and elsewhere. At UNLV Professor Erwin directs the Multidisciplinary Studies Program and serves as Advisor to the English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta. In 2000 he taught the modern French novel and contemporary critical theory at the University of Pau, France.


Robert Friedman: FRIEDMAN_ROBERT_D@Lilly.com

Rob Friedman is associate professor at the University of Eli Lilly and Company. He lectures on a variety of subjects, any subject, really. He writes speeches for Lilly’s CEO and other top executives aimed at sustaining the pharmaceutical industry and its profits. Rob has also taught workshops on creativity, speechwriting and publications writing to thousands of professional communicators from around the country, written speeches for the CEOs of several Fortune 500 companies, and worked as a speechwriter for Ameritech and the American Medical Association. Some of these organizations are now defunct and Rob is now free on bond. Twelve of Rob’s speeches have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day and he is a published author of fiction and nonfiction. He studied literature at The Ohio State University and the University of Chicago and says he owes his career in pharmaceuticals to the mentoring on the subject by a professor at those schools.


Maki Fukuoka: mfukuoka@umich.edu
Assistant Professor of Japanese Humanities Asian Languages & Cultures
University of Michigan

Maki Fukuoka works on visual culture of Nineteenth Century Japan with a particular emphasis on photographic representations and technology. Her dissertation ‘Between Seeing and Knowing: Shifting Standards of Accuracy and the Concept of Shashin in Japan, 1830-1872’ examines the process of formulating hakubutsu-gaku discourse, a field of study that combines Chinese and Japanese medical practice with theories of imported natural history, and the role of pictorial representations in establishing and validating the ‘accuracy’ of hakubutsu-gaku epistemology. She is interested in the intricate relationship between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ in Japan and the ways in which their conflicting and often confusing relationships are represented or articulated visually. Her publications include ‘Contextualising the peep-box in Tokugawa Japan’ in Early Popular Visual Culture.


David Grubbs: DGrubbs@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Assistant Professor of Radio and Sound Art Conservatory of Music
Brooklyn College, CUNY
2900 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210 

David Grubbs recently completed a Ph.D. dissertation entitled ‘Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording.’ He regularly contributes music criticism to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and his criticism has appeared in Conjunctions, Bookforum, Texte zur Kunst, and Purple. As a recording artist, Grubbs has released nine full-length solo albums and appeared on more than 100 commercially-released recordings. In 2000, his album The Spectrum Between was named ‘Album of the Year’ in the London Sunday Times. David Grubbs was a founding member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait. He has participated in the Red Krayola since 1993. With Jim O’Rourke, Grubbs co-directed Dexter’s Cigar, an acclaimed label that specialized in reissuing out-of-print recordings. At present Grubbs directs the Blue Chopsticks record label, which releases both new and archival recordings. Grubbs has been profiled in the Arte television documentary Lost in Music: Chicago Connections and the NHK (Japan) television documentary The Red Krayola. He is a 2005-6 grant recipient in Music/Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


Ming Dong Gu: mdgu@utdallas.edu
Director, Confucius Institute and Professor
LIT/LANGUT Dallas 

Ming Dong Gu is a distinguished visiting professor at Nanjing University and Yangzhou University, and a special consultant to Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, responsible for choosing the first Chinese theorist for the new edition and writing an introduction. He has published two English monographs: 1) Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics(State University New York Press 2005); 2) Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System (State University New York Press 2006), a book in Chinese, The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (Nanjing University Press 2009), co-edited another book in Chinese, Nobel Prize Winners on Literary Creation (Peking University Press 1987), and translated several English novels into Chinese. In addition, he has published over seventy essays, articles and reviews in his field of interest in academic journals or books.


Hannah Higgins: higgins@uic.edu
Associate Professor Department of Art History
The University of Illinois, Chicago
935 West Harrison Chicago, IL 60607

Since receiving a doctorate in Art History from the University of Chicago (1994), Hannah Higgins has pursued a career of university teaching, lecturing and writing on Fluxus, Happenings, the avant-garde, aesthetics, Marcel Duchamp and grids. Her first book, Fluxus Experience (University of California Press, 2002) was an adaptation of her thesis. In this book Higgins argued for the primary sensations typical of Fluxus objects and performances. The limitations of this cognitive framework for understanding Fluxus culturally stimulated a new research direction that brings together concrete experience, cognition and communication theory. Her second book, The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009) traces a history of grids in western culture from the most ancient (the brick)to the most recent (the web) and is dedicated to Tom Mitchell. The relationships between technological innovation and formal innovation reflects a close collaboration with Douglas Kahn (UC Davis) on the close relationship between experimentalism across the arts in the 1960s and the emergence of mainframe computer technologies. The resulting edited anthology, Mainframe Experimentalism, will appear in 2010 with the University of California Press. She is working on a book provisionally titled The Legacy of Black Mountain College: Long Shadow of the Supine Dome, which explores the production of cross-sensory cognitive material in the interdisciplinary and experimental classrooms of American artists during the postwar period.


James Hodge: jh331@duke.edu
Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of English Duke University

James Hodge is postdoctoral associate in the Department of English at Duke University. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research interests include the history and theory of media from the late Nineteenth Century to the present, pre-cinema, and literary and cinematic modernism. He contributed to The Agrippa Files: An online archive of Agrippa (a book of the dead).


Matthew Hofer: mrh@unm.edu
Associate Professor Department of English
University of New Mexico

Research Interests: poetry & poetics, modernist literature (American, British, and transatlantic), avant-garde and experimental writing, and political and public sphere theories. Current and Contracted Publications: book projects with Illinois University Press and the University of Alabama Press; articles in Modernism/Modernity, New German Critique, Contemporary Literature, Paideuma, and American Literary Scholarship; chapters in The Cambridge History of American Poetry, Ezra Pound in Context (Cambridge UP), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry and Poetics, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Fiction, The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, and the Oxford Bibliographies Online Project (Oxford UP); guest editor of the Langston Hughes Review (fall 2010).


Zachary R. Hooker: zrh2101@columbia.edu
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Columbia University
NY, NY 10027

Zachary Hooker worked with Prof Mitchell on a MA thesis entitled “Photography in the Mode of the Allegorical: Notes on After September 11th: Images from Ground Zero,” which examined photographer’s Joel Meyerowitz’s post-9/11 archival efforts and an exhibit he produced in collaboration with the US Department of State. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University in New York. His dissertation and fieldwork will address issues of politics, aesthetics, auteurism, and film-making pedagogy in contemporary South Korean cinema. He also continues to work on photographic representations of 9/11, recently exploring the amateur photography of Mikey Flowers and his collaboration with artist Kevin Clarke.


Adam Jolles: ajolles@fsu.edu
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Art History Florida State University
220-D Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1151

Adam Jolles works on early Twentieth Century European visual culture. His current research concerns the avant-garde’s experimental forays into curating in France during the interwar period and the concurrent development of a professional curatorial class in Stalinist Russia. He is concurrently examining the production of printed propaganda in the Soviet Union during World War II.


Elizabeth A. Kessler
Assistant Professor
Art & Art History Department
Ursinus College

Elizabeth A. Kessler’s research and teaching focuses on the visual culture of science and its relationship to art. She also teaches Ursinus College’s freshman seminar, the Common Intellectual Experience, and an occasional course on fashion. She earned an M.A. in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. from the Committee on the History of Culture at the University of Chicago. Professor Kessler has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum and Stanford University. Her work has appeared in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science; Hubble: Imagining Space and Time, a popular book on the Hubble Space Telescope published by National Geographic; and Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science, a forthcoming edited volume on the sublime in art and science. She is now finishing the manuscript of her first book, Astronomy’s Landscapes: Romantic Aesthetics and the Hubble Space Telescope Images.


Julia Langbein

Julia Langbein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History specializing in Nineteenth Century France.  Her interests include parody and pastiche, comic art and caricature, historical practices of copy, citation and imitation, and the relations between the arts, especially graphic art and painting.  Her dissertation explores the caricature of painting in the French illustrated press during the second half of the Nineteenth Century.  She regularly contributes contemporary art reviews to artforum.com.


Darby Lewes: lewes@lycoming.edu
Professor of English and Gender Studies
Lycoming College
700 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701
srv2.lycoming.edu/~lewes/

Darby Lewes is Professor of English and Gender Studies at Lycoming College. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1991 and has since published Dream Revisionaries: Women’s Utopian Literature 1870-1920 (1995), Nudes From Nowhere: Utopian Sexual Landscapes (2000), and three editions of A Portrait of the Student as a Young Wolf: Motivating Undergraduates (2002, 2003, 2007) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She has also edited three collections of essays, A Brighter Morn: The Shelley Circle’s Utopian Project (2002), Autopoetica: Representations of the Creative Process in Nineteenth Century British & American Fiction (2006), and Double Vision: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literary Palimpsests (2008). She has won a number of awards for her scholarship and teaching, and she speaks on student motivation at conferences and university workshops across the United States.


Riccardo Marchi: rmarchi@usf.edu
Associate Professor
Art History
University of South Florida

Riccardo Marchi’s research and teaching interests include: modern art (in particular Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century France, Expressionism, abstraction in painting); critical theory, in particular the problems of representation, of vision and of the relationship between words and images; the methodology and historiography of art history; the history of art criticism.  His Italian translation of Max Dvořák’s Idealismus und Naturalismus in der gotischen Skulptur und Malerei (1918), together with an essay on Dvořák’s project of Geistesgeschichte, was published by Franco Angeli, Milan, in 2003. He is now writing a book on the artistic practice, theory and reception of Umberto Boccioni, Robert Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky in Berlin between 1912 and 1913. Recent publications related to this project include peer reviewed articles on Kandinsky and on the role of W.J.T. Mitchell’s theoretical work for art history.


Stephen Paul Miller: millers@stjohns.edu
Professor of English
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

Stephen Paul Miller is Professor of English at St, John’s University in New York City. He is the author of The Seventies Now: Culture as Surveillance (Duke University Press, 1999). This book “micro-periodizes” the seventies by utilizing the discourses of politics, poetry, and painting around the phenomena of Watergate, John Ashbery’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” and Jasper John’s mid-seventies crosshatch paintings so as to note the “rippling epistemes” through which the upheavals of the sixties yield to the Reagan eighties by way of the Watergate era. He co-edited, with Terence Diggory, The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (2001), and he co-edited, with Daniel Morris, Secular Jewish Culture, Radical Poetic Practice (2009). Miller is also the author of a lot of poetry books: The Bee Flies in May (Marsh Hawk Press, 2002), Art Is Boring for the Same Reason We Stayed in Vietnam (Domestic Press, 1992), That Man Who Ground Moths into Film (New Observations, 1982), Skinny Eighth Avenue(2005), Being with a Bullet (2007), and Fort Dad(2009). He also, with Terence Diggory, co-edited The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (the University of Maine in Orono’s National Poetry Foundation, 2001), the first collection of essays concerning more than one of the poets of the New York School of Poetry. His plays have been performed at The Kitchen, P.S. 122, the Bowery Poetry Club, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the Pyramid Club, the Mudd Club, and 8BC in New York; Intersection and La Mamelle in San Francisco; the University of Vermont in Burlington; and many other venues. His artwork has been exhibited at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, ABC No Rio, the Ben Shawn Gallery of Paterson University, and other galleries. Among the artists with whom he has collaborated are Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Beth Anderson, Jackson MacLow, Robert Ashley, Billy Bergman, Taylor Mead, Linda Francis, Lucio Pozzi, David Shapiro, Kenward Elmslie, Jim Hayes, Kenneth Deifik, Michael Cooper, Naomi Goldberg, Yvonne Jacquette, Marcia Resnick, Pooh Kaye, Bruce Brand, Tom Fink, Noah Miller, Marjorie Welish, and Sandy MacIntosh. In the seventies, Miller edited the Poetry Mailing List, which used mail art to distribute single authors such as John Cage, Kathy Acker, Joel Oppenheimer, Peter Schjeldahl, Rudy Burkhardt, David Shapiro, and many others. Likening poetry readings in Soho on Saturday afternoons to art exhibitions, Miller started the Ear Inn poetry series in 1978. In 1985, Miller conceived and edited The National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side, the first “instant” magazine that authors produced on the spot. It has inspired similar magazines throughout the nation. Miller’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1994, boundary 2, Talisman, St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter, Another Chicago Magazine, Open City, Shofar, New Observations, American Letters & Commentary, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Boog City, Poetry New York, The Columbia Review, Poetry New York, Mudfish, Le Petite Zine, the Bowery Poetry Club website, Scripsi, Proteus, Tamarind, Appearances, The New Journal, Poetry in Performance, The Paterson Review, Controlled Burn, and elsewhere. Miller has received research grants from the NEH, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Foundation, and the Columbia University Seminars Office. In 1996 and 1997, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Krakow, Poland, where he was a professor at Jagiellonian University. In addition to teaching at St. John’s University and Jagiellonian University, he has taught American literature, cultural studies, and creative writing at Columbia University, New York University. W.J.T. Mitchell has commented about Stephen Paul Miller’s poetry: “Somebody once said poetry without rhyme is like playing tennis with the net down. But Stephen Miller’s poetry plays a different game in which the relevant phrase is ‘nothing but net,’ a series of subtle daggers, long bombs, and slam dunks: sly, funny, artful, and unforgettable. Highly recommended for sports fans and deracinated intellectuals who like being reeled into the net of critically smart poetry.”


Kristine Nielsen: knielse1@iwu.edu 
Assistant Professor of Art History
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
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Kristine Nielsen is Assistant Professor of Art History and editorial board member of the journal Ekfrase: Nordic Journal of Visual Culture. Her teaching and research interests are modern and contemporary art, the historiography of art history and visual studies, the history and theory of iconoclasm, cold war visual and media cultures, and theories of memory. She is currently working on a book project on the visual confrontations in East and West German monument production during the Cold War.


Alison Pearlman: alisonpearlman@yahoo.com
Associate Professor, Art History
Art Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://www.alisonpearlman.com

To read more about Alison, visit her blog at theeyeindining.blogspot.com.


Anthony Raynsford: awraynsf@yahoo.com
Historian:
http://www.anthonyraynsford.net/

Anthony Raynsford is an architectural and urban design historian, whose interdisciplinary research interests bridge across cultural, intellectual and art history, particularly of the Twentieth Century. His current book project is entitled, Modernism and the Archaic City: The Pre-Industrial Past in the Imagination of Twentieth Century Urban Design. Revising standard accounts of modernism’s break with the past, he contends that preindustrial urban forms have always been central to the ideals and images of modernist urbanism. The modernist ‘discovery’ of the archaic city did not, as some authors have suggested, first emerge as a means of softening the edges of earlier functionalism. Rather, his book argues, this figure of the archaic city was instrumental in defining the essence of modernist urbanism from the beginning. Related to this project are a number of works in progress, including a monograph on the writings of urban planner, Kevin Lynch. He has taught previously in the art history departments of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Publications include, “Swarm of the Metropolis: Passenger Circulation at Grand Central Terminal and the Ideology of the Crowd Aesthetic,” (JAE).


Rebecca Reynolds: rreynol2@uno.edu
Assistant Professor
Fine Arts Department
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
http://finearts.uno.edu/artpage.html

Rebecca Lee Reynolds works on post-World War II American sculpture, landscape design, and exhibition practices. She completed her dissertation, “From Green Cube to Site: Site-Specific Practices at American Sculpture Parks and Gardens, 1965-1987.” In 2006-2007 she was a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in the Garden and Landscape Studies program, followed by a summer residency at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France. She was an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of West Georgia from 2008-2012, and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of New Orleans.


John Paul Ricco: john.ricco@utoronto.ca
Associate Professor
Contemporary Art History, Media Theory, and Criticism
Coordinator of the Visual Culture and Communication Program
University of Toronto at Mississauga
CCT Building, Room 3057
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
Canada
utm.utoronto.ca/~w3cvmc/faculty/ricco.html

John Paul Ricco is a critical theorist, art historian and curator who currently teaches at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Logic of the Lure (University of Chicago Press, 2002), and Guest Editor of the journal Parallax (vol. 11, no. 2, April-June 2005). He served as Chair of the Editorial Board of Art Journal (2004-2006), and is also affiliated with the critical theory and science studies journal ISSUES, and the research centre and curatorial/art space LITMUS(Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand). He has also taught at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Cornell University and, at Texas Tech University where he received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. His current work concerns the question of community, specifically those modes of sociality that operate as the resistance and refusal of identitarian logics, categorical imperatives, and structural unification and totalization. Recently, this work has begun to include live performance art practice, in which Ricco sets out to explore masochistic touch and masochistic trust, and the non-contractual, non-negotiable limits of these acts.


Christa Noel Robbins: christa.robbins@gmail.com
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Art History
University of Illinois, Chicago

Christa Noel Robbins specializes in Twentieth Century modernist art and theory, with an emphasis on postwar modernist painting in the U.S. Her current interests include theories of abstraction and perception, the cultural and political definition of the self in the United States, and the history of American art criticism and theory. She is in the process of completing a book manuscript on late-modernist painting in the United States entitled The Right to Be Let Alone: Privacy and Abstraction in American Painting and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


Michael Robbins: murkplectrum@gmail.com
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of English
The University of Southern Mississippi

Michael Robbins’s first book of poems, Alien vs. Predator, will be published by Penguin in spring 2012. His poems and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Harper’s, London Review of Books, Village Voice, and several other journals. He has completed a dissertation called “Quarrels with Ourselves: Just Realism and Contemporary Poetry.”


Jeffrey Saletnik: jsaletnik@gmail.com
Visiting Assistant Professor and ACLS Fellow
Department of Art History and the History of Art
Amherst College
107 Fayerweather Hall
Amherst, MA 01002

Jeffrey Saletnik is visiting assistant professor and ACLS Fellow in the Department of Art and the History of Art. He completed his dissertation “Pedagogy, Modernism, and Medium Specificity: The Bauhaus and John Cage” in the Department of Art History at The University of Chicago. He is also formally trained as a musician. His research explores how Bauhaus-indebted pedagogic methods and practices were expressed in America and how artists working in non-visual media were drawn to Bauhaus ideas; significantly in relationships between the work and teaching of Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, and John Cage. He has presented papers at the College Art Association Annual Conference, The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and Tate Modern; published on Eva Hesse and Josef Albers; and co-edited Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse, and Modernism (Routledge, 2009). Recently he was a fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.


Raél Jero Salley: salleyr@gmail.com
Lecturer
Columbia College
Chicago, IL

Raél Jero Salley, Ph.D. is an artist, cultural theorist and art historian. He holds degrees in Fine Art from The Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A.), and exhibits his visual work internationally. In 2009, Salley took a Ph.D. from The Committee on the History of Culture at The University of Chicago. His dissertation Unfinished Visuality: Contemporary Art and Black Diaspora 1964-2008 is focused on contemporary art and visual production, and thinks through visual products and practices of Black Diaspora. Salley now publishes essays on contemporary art and visual culture, and is a Lecturer in Art History at Columbia College in Chicago. At present, he is working on a book manuscript about contemporary visual practices in a world of wanderers. Salley works in Chicago, Illinois and Paris, France.


Edward Shanken: giftwrap@duke.edu
Executive Director
Information Science + Information Studies
Duke University, Box 94002204
Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27708-0400

Edward Shanken is Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS) program at Duke University, which supports interdisciplinary collaborations involving creative uses of technology.  He is editor of Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003) and author of Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon Press, 2004). He has lectured internationally on art and technology, including Einstein Meets Magritte (Brussels), ISEA (Rotterdam), Consciousness Reframed (Wales), and SIGGRAPH (Los Angeles). He was Director of Visual Research for Reactive Search, Inc., a software company based in Durham.  Dr. Shanken earned his Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University, his M.B.A. from Yale, and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Duke’s Center for Teaching and Learning, and the American Council of Learned Societies.


Harmon Siegel: harmonsiegel@gmail.com
Ph.D. Student Harmon Siegel
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Harmon is a doctoral candidate in the history of art at Harvard. He received his BA in Fundamentals from University of Chicago in 2013, where he studied the intellectual history of embodiment. Thanks mainly to Tom Mitchell, he is now obsessed with questions of realism, verisimilitude, and medium specificity, especially as they pertain to 19th century European painting. Current research interests include the works of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Klimt’s early allegories, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock.


Levi Smith
Instructor
Department of Visual and Critical Studies
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 South Wabash, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-3103

Levi Smith, (b.1952) studied studio art at Phillips Academy, Andover and at the University of Vermont. An art historian by profession (M.A. and Ph.D., The University of Chicago) he has continued to pursue his painting, beginning to exhibit frequently in 1999. His works range from compositions done in front of the subject, to more abstract compositions created in the studio from remembered experience. He works in a variety of media including paintings in oil, watercolor or acrylic, and drawings in charcoal, graphite or ink.


Margaret Soltan: margaret.soltan@gmail.com
Associate Professor
Department of English
George Washington University
Washington DC 20052

Margaret Soltan’s journal articles, journalism pieces, and contributions to books have included work on Don DeLillo, Malcolm Lowry, James Merrill, postmodern architecture and interior design, film, intellectuals, responses to September 11, and, most recently, poetry (her essay, “Hoax Poetry in America,” in the journal Angelaki, produced a lengthy response and exchange).  She is the author of Teaching Beauty and University Diaries (one of the highest-profile academic blogs on the web.) She also blogs at Inside Higher Education. And click here to see her interview on the News Hour and BBC.


Freida High W. Tesfagiorgis: high@facstaff.wisc.edu
Professor
Department of Afro-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
4121 White Hall, Helen C600 N Park St
Madison, WI 53706

As an artist, art historian, and professor, Freida Tesfagiorgis engages art historical facts and attendant theories, and produces visual forms that have changed in styles, themes, and media since the early seventies.  She began her undergraduate study of art at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, then finished at Northern Illinois University where she earned a B.S. in Art Education.  She studied painting and printmaking at the graduate level at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., M.F.A.).  The institutions of her work in art history include Indiana University, Bloomington (African Art in the CIC program) as part of her M.F.A. program, and the Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago (Primitivism and Modern Art; Visual Culture and Critical Race Theory).  She has curated numerous exhibitions in her area and published essays in exhibition catalogues, periodicals and encyclopedias; e.g. Faith Ringgold: Twenty Year Retrospective; Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women;Women Studies Encyclopedia: Literature, Arts, and Learning.  She is currently curating an exhibition of contemporary African art for the Elvehjem Museum.  Her own work has been documented in The International Review of African American Art, Cross Cultures, and many other exhibition catalogues.  She has exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI), Fine Arts Museum of the South (AL), Studio Museum in Harlem (NY), National Gallery (Dakar, Senegal), Museo Arte Contemporanea di Gibellina (Palermo, Italy), and others.  She sees an inextricable relationship between writing about art and producing art.  In addition, she has developed a web site to help facilitate the study of a wealth of visual forms by artists of the African Diaspora.  Through it, she proposes to share her creative and scholarly interests, provide an educational service to those interested in this relatively new area of Art History, and make available a slide resource for the students enrolled in her courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Daniel Tiffany: tiffany@usc.edu
Professor
Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Daniel Tiffany is the author of Radio Corpse: Imagism and the Cryptaesthetic of Ezra Pound (Harvard 1995) and Toy Medium: Materialism and Modern Lyric (California 2000), named by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of “the Best Books of 2000.”  Professor Tiffany is also a poet and translator of works from French, Greek, and Italian, and his writings have been published in numerous journals and magazines.


Orrin Wang: ow5@umail.umd.edu
Professor
Department of English
Comparative Literature Program
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Orrin Wang specializes in the study of both Romanticism and theory and is especially interested in how the two discourses converge. How that convergence speaks to the question of modernity is the focus of his first book, Fantastic Modernity: Dialectical Readings in Romanticism and Theory (Johns Hopkins UP, 1996). How that convergence is further expressed in Romantic and post-Romantic narratives of sensation and sobriety is the subject of his latest work, Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011). Wang has written on such figures as P.B. Shelley, Wordsworth, Keats, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Derrida, and Zizek and also teaches and studies the gothic. He is also the Series Editor of the award winning Romantic Circles Praxis Series. Visit the site at http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/ For a Romantic Circles Praxis Interview with W. J. T. Mitchell, visit http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/mitchell/index.html.


Tina Yarborough: tyarborough@gcsu.edu
Professor, Department of Art History, Interdisciplinary Studies
Georgia College and State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Homepage: http://fdsa.gcsu.edu:6060/tyarborough/


Paul Young: paul.d.young@vanderbilt.edu
Associate Professor, Director of Film Studies
Department of English
Vanderbilt University

Paul Paul Young first saw H. R. Pufnstuf: The Movie in an unairconditioned theater in March of 1975, and realized a few moments after being seated that the film merely anthologized old episodes of the TV series. This is probably when he decided to make his living either producing films or complaining about them. Forgetting this lesson and finding reason to believe he would require training in a remunerative profession, Young discovered, to his chagrin, that architecture students were expected to design buildings that refuse to collapse. Young consequently received his BA in English at the University of Iowa in 1990. At Iowa, Dudley Andrew’s tutelage in European film history made clear to him that, had Francois Truffaut had to sit through H. R. Pufnstuf: The Movie as a child, he would likely have figured that the French cinéma de qualité was just dandy by comparison and might never have launched the French New Wave. While today Young produces no films, nor does he find nearly so much to complain about as one might expect considering the success of the Transformers series, he believes that critical analysis and historical research provide a pleasing middle ground.


Rebecca Zorach: rezorach@uchicago.edu
Associate ProfessorDepartment of Art History
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Homepage: http://home.uchicago.edu/~rezorach

Rebecca Zorach works on Sixteenth Century French and Italian art and contemporary art and theory, especially theory of gender and sexuality.  She has published articles in Art History, Res, and Wired; she recently completed a book manuscript on abundance in the visual culture of Sixteenth Century France, and has projects in the works on Renaissance prints and contemporary collaborative art.

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