20th Century American Art
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
B.A., University of Chicago, 2002
Lauren Kroiz focuses on modern art in the United States. She is particularly interested in the history and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, and the relationships between regionalism, nationalism and globalism.
Her first book manuscript, Creative Composites: Race, Modernism, and the Stieglitz Circle, was awarded the 2010 Phillips Book Prize and was published by University of California Press in 2012. Her current project explores the ways regionalist educational projects linked art and citizenship in the United States during the 1930s and 40s.
Lauren received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before moving to Berkeley in 2013, she was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a postdoctoral fellow at the Phillips Collection’s Center for the Study of Modern Art, and a visiting professor at Bowdoin College. She has taught a range of topics in the history of American art, photography, material culture, and modernism, including courses on avant-gardism, race and representation, thing theory, technologies of imaging, meanings of medium, and globalization.