Lisa Uddin

Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

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

Prof. Uddin came to Whitman in 2012 after teaching at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and holding postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Minnesota and Brown University's Pembroke Center. Her teaching and scholarship span the areas of modern and contemporary art, U.S. architectural and urban history, feminist theory, animal studies, critical race studies, and black studies. At Whitman, she teaches courses such as Modernism in Art and Architecture (ARTH 228), The Social Life of Photography (ARTH 230), Race, Ethnicity, and the Urban Imaginary (ARTH 354), and Discourses of Black Art (ARTH 353). She also teaches in the Race and Ethnic Studies program.

Uddin is the author of Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), which locates efforts to improve animal exhibits in the 1960s and 70s within struggles over urban decay, suburban growth, and postwar American whiteness. Her writing has also appeared in journals such as Postmodern Culture, parallax, Topia, Humanimalia, Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, and Afterimage. Her current research examines black design practices as they have intersected with modern architecture and urbanism in California. This project aims to re-narrate the story of California modernism and its humanist procedures by centering histories of blackness in its formations, disavowals, and decline. The work is benefitting from a Getty Foundation Grant, participation in the Race + Modern Architecture Project (R+MAP), and other scholarly venues.