Lisa Uddin

AHVCS Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow

PhD (Visual and Cultural Studies), University of Rochester, 2009
MA (Visual and Cultural Studies), University of Rochester, 2006
MA (Media Studies), Concordia University, Montréal, 2002
BA (North American Studies), McGill University, 1996

Areas of interest

Modern and contemporary art and visual culture; U.S. architecture and urbanism; critical race studies; black studies; feminist theory; environmental humanities. 


  • Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Studies
  • Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Mayhem, Machines, Manifestos: Modernism in Art and Architecture
  • The Social Life of Photography
  • Blues, Blood, Bruise: Blackness in Art
  • Race, Ethnicity and the Urban Imaginary
  • Senior Seminar in Art History


Prof. Uddin came to Whitman in 2012 after holding postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University's Pembroke Center and the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), which locates the zoo's shift to wildlife conservation displays in the 1960s and 70s within struggles over urban decay, suburban growth, and postwar American whiteness. Her writing on the human/nonhuman interface has also appeared in journals such as Postmodern Culture, Los Angeles Review of Books, parallax, Topia, Humanimalia, Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, and Afterimage. Her current book project, Sunspots: Black Cosmologies of California Design, considers black expressive practices in formations of California architecture and urbanism since the 1960s. She is also co-editor with Michael Boyce Gillespie of "Black One Shot," an art criticism series devoted to black visual and expressive culture on ASAP/J (Summer 2018 launch).