by Ross Barrett

Assistant Professor, American  Art, Boston University

Professor Ross Barrett is a scholar of American art and visual culture from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. His research and teaching explore the ways that fine artists navigated the political, economic, and cultural transformations that gave rise to American modernity, including the emergence of liberal democracy, the development of industrial and finance capitalism, and the explosive growth of popular culture. He is the author of Rendering Violence: Riots, Strikes, and Upheaval in Nineteenth-Century American Art (California, 2014), and co-editor, with Daniel Worden, of Oil Culture (Minnesota, 2014). He is currently at work on a book-length project on American artists who painted landscapes and speculated on land in the long nineteenth century. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize and NCSA Emerging Scholars Award, and has published essays in The Art Bulletin, American Art, Winterthur Portfolio, Journal of American Studies, and Prospects.

Professor Barrett teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in colonial, nineteenth-century, and early twentieth-century American art and visual culture. Topics include colonial American art, art of the American Revolution, art and the Civil War, the visual culture of American cities, Picturing the Frontier, American landscape art, American modernisms, and American art in the 1930s.