University of Southern California
Director, Visual Studies Research Institute
Courtesy Appointment in the Department of French and Italian
Vanessa R. Schwartz is Professor of History, Art History and Film at the University of Southern California. She was the founding director of the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate program from 2006-2009 and has now returned in Fall 2013 to direct the new Visual Studies Research Institute and the Certificate program. She recently received the Raubenheimer Award, the highest faculty recognition in the College. An historian of modern visual culture, she was trained in Modern European History with a concentration on France and urban culture at Princeton (Phi Beta Kappa, 1986) and UC Berkeley where she received her PhD in 1993. She is the author of It’s So French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture (University of Chicago, 2007) and Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in fin-de-siècle Paris (University of California, 1998) and most recently of Modern France: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and is currently working on two book projects: one on the history of photojournalism and the other on the “dawn of the jet age.” She was a Getty Research Institute Scholar in the Fall of 2013, working on color news pictures. She has co-edited two books, Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (California, 1995) and The Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader (Routledge, 2004) and is currently co-editing, with Jason Hill, Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of the News (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). She has also co-edited three special issues of journals: with Lynn Hunt, “The History Issue” of The Journal of Visual Culture (2010), “Caught in the Act” volume 26 (Nov. 2010) of Etudes Photographiques with Thierry Gervais and Christian Delage and “Urban Icons” in Urban History (Cambridge, 2006) with Phil Ethington, which includes a multi-media companion.