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Alan C. Braddock

Department Chair, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art History, Environmental Humanities, and American Studies

Office (Art History): Andrews 206C
Phone: (757) 221-2250
Email : [[acbraddock]]
Areas of Specialization: American Art, ecology, environmental justice, and animal studies

Professor Braddock’s teaching and research explore the history of American and global art, ecology, environmental justice, and animal studies.  He is the author of the book Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity (University of California Press, 2009) and Implication: An Ecocritical Dictionary for Art History (Yale University Press, 2023), and the co-author/co-editor of three other books: A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History, with Christoph Irmscher (University of Alabama Press, 2009), A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia’s Ecology in the Cultural Imagination, with Laura Turner Igoe (Penn State University Press, 2016), and Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, with Karl Kusserow (Princeton University Art Museum in association with Princeton University Press and Yale University Press, 2018).  Nature’s Nation accompanied a traveling exhibition co-curated by Braddock and Kusserow, winning three major awards: the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for Distinguished Catalogue from the College Art Association, the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence, and the Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for best art exhibition publication of the year.  At William & Mary, Professor Braddock has served on many college and departmental committees while also helping to initiate new curriculum in Critical Curatorial Studies and Built Environment Studies for Art History majors as well as the new Environmental Humanities Track in the Environment & Sustainability Program (ENSP).  He has been awarded scholarships in residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Terra Foundation, and, most recently, the Getty Research Institute, where he was on leave during the 2019-2020.  He will soon complete another new book titled Gun Vision: Ballistic Imagination in the First American Avant-Garde.  The Getty Research Institute has also invited him to co-edit a new global anthology on art history and ecology.

For more publications by Professor Braddock, see his ScholarWorks page at Swem Library.

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