PhD Visual Studies (UC Santa Cruz)

BFA Media Arts (California College of the Arts)

Associate Professor of Art History

Department of Art and Design

University of Minnesota Duluth



I received my doctorate in Visual Studies with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California - Santa Cruz in June 2017 and have been teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth since Fall 2017. My first book Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany appeared with The MIT Press in March 2022.


To date, the bulk of my research has concerned the experimental art, film, and visual culture of the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Broader interests include official cultural policy in state socialism, the art and visual culture of the Cold War East and West, fiction and documentary film from the Eastern Bloc, as well as global histories of modernism and post-modernism in the visual arts, in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, and the United States. My interpretive frameworks engage theories of aesthetics and politics, vision and visuality, and feminism. 

My article "Being the Woman They Wanted Her to Be: Cornelia Schleime Performs her Stasi File," which appeared in Third Text in March 2021, received the Historians of German, Scandinavian and Central European Art 2021 "Emerging Scholars Publication Prize."

I currently serve as the Midwest Exhibitions Field Editor for



MARCH 2022

My book, Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany, has just been released with The MIT Press.


Coinciding events include (All times are in CST. Zoom links will be added accordingly. Please email me for further details.):

  • Exhibition "Anti-Social Art: Experimental Forms in Late East Germany", co-curated with Sarah James (Tweed Museum of Art, January 18 - May 15, 2022)

  • Visual Culture Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota Duluth (February 8, 2022 at 6pm)

  • College Art Association panel with Dr. Paul Jaskot as chair in conversation with myself, Peter Chametzky, Sarah James, and Briana J. Smith (February 17, 2022)

  • Instagram conversation with Lynette Roth of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University (March 30, 2022 at 12pm)

  • Public Lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (March 31 4:30-6:00pm in Sharp 327 and on Zoom).

  • "The Valor of the Misfit: Experimental Art in Late East Germany" Conversation with Dr. Seth Howes, co-sponsored by the Deutsches Haus at NYU and the DEFA Film Library (April 14, 11-12:30pm on Zoom).

  • Interview with Gabriele Stötzer (April 20, 12-1:15pm on Zoom).

  • Lecture as part of the “New Approaches to Art in the German Democratic Republic" series hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (May 20, 12-1pm via Zoom).

  • Book launch party with Dr. Sarah James (moderated by Dr. Kathleen Reinhardt) at ChertLüdde Gallery, Berlin (June 24, 5-7pm CET in person).

More information on the book at this link.

RADIO GDR Podcast Interview

My interview with Steve Minegar, entitled"Artists Take on the State! Experimental Art in Late East Germany", is now available for a listen!

Click here, or search for Radio GDR on your podcast provider (iTunes, etc.)

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