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UC Presidential Chair and Professor

Professor of History of Art & Visual Culture

A.B. and Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests

Professor Soussloff’s general research area is the historiography, theory, and philosophy of art in the European tradition from the Early Modern period to the present. Recent areas of publication have included: Viennese art and culture in the early 20th century, performance theory and visual culture, the history of the discipline of art history, the theory of painting in Italy and France in the 17th century, Jewish studies, and theories of media. Professor Soussloff has also written on Italian Renaissance art theory and sculpture, film, and photography.


Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin.

Professional Appointments

Chair, Editorial Board, Art Journal (College Art Association of America)

Reviews Editor, Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture

Selected Books and Essays

The Subject in Art: Portraiture and the Birth of the Modern. Duke University Press, 2006.

The Absolute Artist: The Historiography of A Concept. University of Minnesota Press, 1997.

Jewish Identity in Modern Art History, Editor and author of introductory essay. University of California Press, 1999.

Editing the Image: Strategies in the Production and Reception of the Visual, Co-Editor w/ Mark Cheetham and Elizabeth Legge, University of Toronto Press, in press.

"Discourse/Figure/Love: The Location of Style in the Early Modern Sources on Leonardo da Vinci," in Leonardo da Vinci and the Ethics of Style, Edited by Claire Farago, University of Manchester Press, in press.

“Publishing Paradigms in Art History,” Art Journal, 65 (Winter 2006): 36-40.

“Art History and Its Publishers,” (as convener and editor) Art Journal, 65 (Winter 2006): 41-50.

"Post-colonial Torture: Rituals of Viewing at Abu Ghraib," in Ritual and Event: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Edited by Mark Franko, London: Routledge Press, 2006, 159-187.

“The Trouble with Painting: Image (less) Text,” Journal of Visual Culture, Special issue on the state of visual culture studies edited by Martin Jay, 4 (Summer 2005): 203-236.

“The Renaissance in Art History,” in Palgrave Advances in Renaissance Historiography, Edited by Jonathan Woolfson (London: Palgrave), 2005, 141-155.