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Susan Waller

susan wallerSusan Waller (Ph.D. Northwestern University) teaches nineteenth and twentieth century European art. She has taught specialized courses on French and British art in the later nineteenth century, representations of race in the modern era, and self-portraiture and the social construction of the artist. In addition, she regularly teaches required courses for Art History majors, including the Sophomore/Junior Seminar, which introduces students to research methods in art history, and the Senior Seminar, which explores the methodologies used within art history.  Previously, she taught at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to completing the Ph.D., she was Curator at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Director of The Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.

Professor Waller’s publications focus on issues of gender and the social aspects artistic production.   She has published two books: The Invention of the Model: Artists and Models in Paris, 1830-1870 (Aldershot: Ashgate Publications, 2006) and Women Artists in the Modern Era: A Documentary History (Metuchen, NY and London: Scarecrow Press, 1991).  Her third book, a collection of essays co-edited with Karen L Carter entitled Foreign Artists and Communities in Modern Paris, 1870-1914:  Strangers in Paradise, will be published in 2015 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publications, forthcoming).  Professor Mark Antliff of Duke University characterizes this volume as “a major contribution to art history and to the broader field of modernist studies.”   Waller’s other publications include essays in the Art Bulletin, Art History, History of Photography, Oxford Art Journal, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide and Woman’s Art Journal.  Currently she is working a monographic study of the artist/model transaction in the French Third Republic.  Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the University of Missouri Research Board.  In 2007 she received the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.  

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Susan Waller
Associate Professor
Art & Art History
509 Lucas Hall



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