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Jody Patterson

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Jody Patterson

Associate Professor of History of Art, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair of Art History, Chair of Graduate Studies


214 Pomerene Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • American Art
  • Public art and politics


  • B.A., Concordia University, Montréal, 1999
  • M.A., Concordia University, 2001
  • Ph.D., University College London, 2008

Jody Patterson received her PhD from University College London. She was a Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and the inaugural Teaching Fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris. She has taught internationally at a range of institutions including the Slade School of Fine Art, Ecole normale supérieure and, most recently, the University of Plymouth, England. Her research focuses on twentieth-century American art, particularly the relations between art and politics. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and exhibition catalogues, and she has published articles in journals such as Art History, Oxford Art Journal, Tate Papers, and American Art. Her book, Modernism for the Masses: Painters, Politics, and Public Murals in 1930s New York, is forthcoming from Yale University Press; she is currently at work on a second book-length project, What About Modern Art and Democracy?