Director and Staff


Assistant Director

Vanessa Schwartz
History, Art History
and Critical Studies
Allan Doyle
Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow                                                     
Assistant to the Director 
Assistant to the Director  

Aaron Rich
Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellow
Randall Meissen
Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellow

Executive Committee
Daniela Bleichmar
Director, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate
Associate Professor of Art History and History


Kate Flint
Provost Professor of English and Art History
Macarena Gómez-Barris
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Akira Mizuta Lippit
Professor of Cinematic Arts, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Nancy Lutkehaus
Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies and Political Science
Amy Ogata
Professor of Art History
Ann Marie Yasin
Associate Professor of Classics and Art History

Advisory Comittee


David Albertson
Assistant Professor of Religion 

Sarah Banet-Weiser
Professor of Communications and American Studies and Ethnicity
Leo Braudy
University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English and History
Meiling Cheng
Associate professor of Critical Studies and English
Vittoria Di Palma
Associate Professor of Architecture
Phil Ethington
Professor of History
Jennifer Greenhill
Associate Professor of Art History 
Julian Gutierrez-Albilla
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature 
Suzanne Hudson
Associate Professor of Art History
Amelia Jones
Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design,
Vice Dean of Critical Studies, Roski School of Art and Design 
Megan R. Luke
Assistant Professor of Art History
James McHugh
Associate Professor of Religion
Tara McPherson
Associate professor of critical studies and gender studies
Panivong Norindr
Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Michael Renov
Professor, School of Cinematic Arts
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs 
Steve Ross
Professor of History
Laura Isabel Serna
Associate Professor,
School of Cinematic Arts
Bruce Smith
Dean's Professor of English
Samuel Steinberg
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese 
Sherry Velasco
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Gender Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Lisa Bitel
Professor of History and Religion
Jason Hill
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Delaware
Janet Hoskins
Professor of Anthropology and Religion
Priya Jaikumar
Associate Professor,
School of Cinematic Arts
Kara Keeling
Associate Professor of Critical Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity
Susan McCabe
Professor of English


Affiliated Post-Docs
Samantha Burton
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History 
Peter Sachs Collopy
USC-Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow
Gina Greene
USC Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities 
James Thomas
USC Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities 
  Justin Underhill
USC-Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow

Faculty Publications

Suzanne Hudson
Painting Now
Jason Hill & Vanessa Schwartz
Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News
Megan Luke

Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile

Winner: Robert Motherwell Book Award

Tara McPherson

Transmedia Frictions: The Digital, the Arts + Humanities

Meiling Cheng
Beijing Xingwei: Contemporary Chinese Time-Based Art
Akira Lippit
Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video


Sherry Marie Velasco
Lesbians in Early Modern Spain


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