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PhD Visual Studies (UC Santa Cruz)

BFA Media Arts (California College of the Arts)

Assistant 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.


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. 

I am also the Midwest Exhibitions Field Editor for





My book, Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany, is scheduled to appear with The MIT Press in early February 2022.


Coinciding events include:

  • 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)

More information on the book at this link.


MARCH 2021

"Being the Woman They Wanted Her to Be: Cornelia Schleime Performs Her Stasi File," Third Text 169, vol. 35, no. 2 (March 2021): 227-247.


More information at this link.