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Megan Luke

Assistant Professor of Art History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-4131
Office: VKC 351

Personal Website


Ph.D. History of Art and Architecture; Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University, 6/2009
M.A. History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 6/2004
B.A. History of Art and Architecture, Yale University, 5/1999

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 07/2011-  

PostDoctoral Appointments

Harper Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 09/2009-06/2011  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Megan Luke is a specialist in modern art, architecture, and art writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the advent of abstraction and collage, the history of photography and art reproduction, and the intersection of avant-garde art and mass culture, particularly early cinema. Her forthcoming book, Exiled Images: The Late Work of Kurt Schwitters, investigates the German artist's collaborations with peers in The Netherlands and Central Europe, his work in sculpture, and the impact of wartime displacement on his ideas about abstract pictorial composition. She is currently preparing a manuscript that considers the role of the photography of sculpture in the writing of art history, aesthetics, and media theory.

Research Specialties

Art, architecture, and art writing in the 19th- and 20th-centuries; mass culture and modernism; histories of abstraction, sculpture, and collage.



Luke, M. R., Grundy, T. B. Myself and My Aims: The Critical Writing of Kurt Schwitters (in preparation). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Luke, M. R. (2013). Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Available for pre-order through UChicago Press and Amazon

Book Chapter

Luke, M. R. (2009). "Spazio irradiante, fantasmagoria didascalica". Riga. Kurt Schwitters (Vol. 29). pp. 256-264. Milan: Marcos y Marcos.
Luke, M. R. (2006). "Objecting to Things". Frank Stella 1958 pp. 1-65. New Haven: Yale University Press.


Luke, M. R. (2013). "Togetherness in Exile," in Schwitters in Britain. (Emma Chambers and Karin Orchard, Ed.). pp. 42-51. London. Tate Publications.

Journal Article

Luke, M. R. (2012). "Sculpture for the Hand: Herbert Read in the Studio of Kurt Schwitters". Art History. Vol. 34 (4)
Luke, M. R. (2010). "The Photographic Reproduction of Space: W├Âlfflin, Kracauer, Panofsky,". RES. Anthropology and Aesthetics. Vol. 57/58 (Spring/Autumn 2010), pp. 339-343.

Honors and Awards

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Collaborative Research Fellowship, 2013-  
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