About Us


Faculty and students in the Department of History of Art seek to contribute to the ongoing intellectual work within the discipline of art history, not only by developing expertise in particular subfields but also by engaging productively in the broad and ever-shifting philosophical, scholarly, and institutional debates that determine the content and structure of the discipline. Our faculty is diverse in terms of geographic and temporal coverage, yet we share certain interests: in questions of historiography and critical theory; in cross-cultural exchange and the negotiation of artistic, cultural, and political boundaries; in art’s role in mediating social action; and in issues of representation and the affective engagement of the image.