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

Race and visual culture; human-nonhuman relations and representations; modern and contemporary art, architecture and urbanism; art history and settler colonialism


  • Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Studies
  • Mayhem, Machines, Manifestos: Modernism in Art and Architecture
  • The Social Life of Photography
  • Forms and Feels: Race and Visual Culture
  • Blues, Blood, Bruise: Blackness in Art
  • Indigenous Aesthetics: Native North American Art and Visual Culture
  • Senior Seminar in Art History


I am the author of Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and co-editor with Michael Boyce Gillespie of Black One Shot on ASAP/J. My writing has also appeared in journals such as Postmodern Culture, parallax, Humanimalia and Afterimage, and I have contributed to projects such as Suburbia Mexicana and In Media Res. My current book project is a critical history of post 1960s California architecture and urbanism through the lens of black visual culture. Related research is forthcoming in Race and Modern Architecture (University of Pittsburgh Press, April 2020) and Design Radicals: Spaces of Bay Area Counterculture (University of Minnesota Press). I am also beginning a long-term, collaborative project on and against settler colonial aesthetics.