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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, 2009
M.A. History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2004
B.A. History of Art and Architecture, Yale University, 1999

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2011-  

PostDoctoral Appointments

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

Description of Research

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. (2014). Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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. (2015). "Still Life/Commodity," in New Realities and Neue Sachlichkeit: Modern German Art during the Weimar Republic. (Stephanie Barron and Sabine Eckmann, Ed.). pp. 228-241. Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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. (2015). "Painting in the Round: The Space of Jackson Pollock's Mural" (forthcoming).
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

Robert Motherwell Book Award, 2015  
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Collaborative Research Fellowship, 2013-2015  
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