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Allison Leigh, Assistant Professor

Allison Leigh, Ph.D. '14, is an Assistant Professor of Art History at UL Lafayette. She specializes in the history of Russian and European art from the 18th through the mid-20th century. Beyond the history of modern and contemporary art, her research and teaching interests include the development of new art historical methodologies, masculinity studies, the philosophy of art and aesthetics, and the nexus of art theory and intellectual history in the modern era.

Dr. Leigh received a B.A. in Art History and Russian Studies from American University in Washington D.C. and completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University, where she also served as a Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Russian and Soviet Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum. She has held teaching appointments at Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

Dr. Leigh has curated several exhibitions and published on topics ranging from the role of nostalgia in Soviet-era conceptual art to the state of exhibitionary opportunities for contemporary women artists. In the last year she presented research at four international conferences including at the College Art Association's annual convention and at 'Re-Create: Theories, Methods, and Practices of Research Creation in the Histories of Media Art, Science, and Technology' in Montreal, where she received the 'Best Emerging Researcher' award. She is now preparing a number of articles for publication and working on her first book, a trans-cultural study of modernity which focuses on the role that alienation played in men's lives during the long 19th century.

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