History of Art and Visual Culture

2017-18 General Catalog

D-201 Porter College
(831) 459-4564

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Harry Berger Jr., Emeritus

Martin A. Berger
Gender, race, and representation in U.S. culture

Raoul Birnbaum
Buddhist studies, especially Chinese practices from medieval times to the present; religion and visual culture in China

Elisabeth Cameron
Visual cultures of Central Africa, issues of gender, post-colonialism, iconoclasm

Carolyn Dean
Cultural histories of the native Americas and colonial Latin America

T.J. Demos
Contemporary art and visual culture, investigating in particular the diverse ways that artists and activists have negotiated crises associated with globalization, including the emerging conjunction of post-9/11 political sovereignty and statelessness, the hauntings of the colonial past, and the growing biopolitical conflicts around ecology and climate change

Jennifer A. González
Contemporary theories of visual culture, semiotics, critical museum studies, photography, public and activist art in the U.S.

John Hay, Emeritus

Virginia Jansen, Emerita

Jasper A. Rose, Emeritus

Catherine M. Soussloff, Emerita

Associate Professor

Maria Evangelatou
Medieval visual culture with emphasis on Byzantium and its periphery; manuscript illumination, Marian cult and iconography; ancient Greek and Roman visual culture; Islamic visual culture; gender studies

Donna M. Hunter, Emerita

Stacy L. Kamehiro, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in History of Art and Visual Culture
Visual cultures of Oceania; colonial cultures; visual culture and identity; gender studies; museums and collecting; material culture

Boreth Ly
Visual cultures of Southeast Asia and its diaspora: religions and materiality, theory of visual narrative, the politics of cultural translation; (post) colonial and cultural studies; issues of gender, sexuality, race, and trauma

Derek Conrad Murray
Theory and criticism of contemporary art, cultural theory, identity and representation, art of the African diaspora, popular visual culture, contemporary photography, and the ethics of art history and visual studies

Assistant Professor

Albert Narath
Modern and Contemporary architecture and design; environmental history, theories of technology, historiography of modernism, anthropology and architecture

Kyle Parry
Digital media and visual culture; art, documentary, and disaster; memory and politics; archival theory and practice; data, technology, and environment; history and theory of photography; critical media practice

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Karen Bassi (Literature)
Greek and Latin literatures; gender; literary and cultural theory; pre- and early modern studies; tragedy;historiography; visual and performance studies; death studies

James Clifford (History of Consciousness, Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Anthropology, indigeneity, museum studies, exoticism

Shelly Errington (Anthropology)
Globalization of folk art, visual and social semiotics, photography, film, the Internet and digital media, Southeast Asia, and Latin America

Kathy Foley (Theater Arts)
Southeast Asian drama and dance; puppetry

Dianne Gifford-Gonzalez (Anthropology)
Zooarchaeology, African archaeology, pastoralism, colonial New Mexico, interpretive theory, visual anthropology, emergence of pastoralism in East Africa; foodways as cultural practices in colonial encounters

David Marriott (History of Consciousness)
Literary theory, psychoanalysis, black cultural theory and philosophies of race, literary and visual cultures of modernism

Warren Sack (Film and Digital Media)
Theory and practice of digital media, software design and media theory

Shelly Stamp (Film and Digital Media)
Silent cinema, female filmmakers, film censorship, histories of moviegoing, early Hollywood

Associate Professor

Noriko Aso (History)
Japanese history, cultural studies, gender and history, race and ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, Korean history, and popular culture

A. Hunter Bivens (Literature)
Twentieth- and 21st-century German literature and film; Marxism and critical theory; psychoanalysis; lyric poetry; literary realism; the novel

Irene Gustafson (Film and Digital Media)
Documentary theory and practice, experimental film/video, production design, gender and queer studies

Peter Limbrick (Film and Digital Media)
Postcolonial and transnational cinemas, race, gender, sexuality, queer theory

Assistant Professor

Christine Hong (Literature)
Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; Korean diasporic cultural production; Pacific Rim studies; postcolonial theory; critical race theory; human rights discourse; law and literature; narrative theory; film and visual studies

Soraya Murray (Film and Digital Media)
Contemporary visual culture including: new media art, projected arts, photography, film, and electronic games; theories of art and globalization; representations of otherness; cultural studies

Revised: 09/01/17