University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture


Nina Amstutz

Nina Amstutz, Assistant Professor 
Lawrence Hall 212
Phone: 541-346-7313

Professor Amstutz completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Before joining the faculty at UO she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for British Art. She is a specialist of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, whose research investigates the intersections of art, science, and nature.

Derek Burdette

Derek Burdette, Assistant Professor
Lawrence Hall 219
Phone: 541-346-5236

Derek Burdette completed his PhD in Art History and Latin American Studies from Tulane University in 2012.  Before joining the University of Oregon, Burdette served as visiting faculty at Pennsylvania State University (2013-2014) and Swarthmore College (2014-2016), where he taught courses on the art history and history of Latin America, as well as the relationship between art and imperialism in the early-modern world.

Joyce Cheng

Joyce Cheng, Associate Professor
Lawrence Hall 254
Phone: 541-346-3677

Professor Cheng’s interests are in the artistic practices and theories of the European avant-garde in the interwar period.  Apart from modernist art and poetics, other areas of her scholarly interest include philosophical aesthetics, critical theory, primitivism and the anthropology of art.  She has published articles and book chapters on Symbolism, Dada, Surrealism and the art theories of Carl Einstein.

Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener, Marion D. Ross Distinguished Professor of Architectural History
Lawrence Hall 247
Phone: 541-346-2111

Professor Eggener's interests are in modern art and architecture. He is the author of two books and of numerous articles and book chapters on Mexican and US art, architecture, landscape, and urban design.

James G. Harper

James G. Harper, Associate Professor
Lawrence Hall 240
Phone: 541-346-5027

A specialist in Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Professor Harper offers courses that range across Renaissance and Baroque Art in Northern and Southern Europe.

Ocean Howell

Ocean Howell, Associate Professor of History and Architectural History
Chapman Hall 101E
Phone: 541-346-8095

Professor Howell's research focuses on how the built environment both reflected and shaped social experience in the twentieth-century United States, with a particular interest in questions of urban planning and ethnicity.

Jeffrey M. Hurwit

Jeffrey M. Hurwit, Philip H. Knight Professor of Art History & Classics
Onyx Bridge 178
Phone: 541-346-3652

One of this country’s leading scholars of ancient Greek art, Professor Hurwit regularly conducts research in Greece and Italy, and has been selected five times to teach for UO Study Abroad programs, most recently in Siena in 2014.

Maile Hutterer

Maile Hutterer, Assistant Professor
Phone: 541-346-8229

Professor Hutterer holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Her current research revolves around the aesthetics and iconography of flying buttresses in medieval French architecture. Professor Hutterer teaches a broad range of courses in medieval art and architecture.

Charles H. Lachman

Charles H. Lachman, Associate Professor
Lawrence Hall 251A
Phone: 541-346-3601

Professor Lachman's research interests include the history of Chinese landscape and garden imagery, Song and Yuan art theory and criticism, Chan Buddhist painting, and the historiography of Buddhist art.  Professor Lachman is on reduced tenure, beginning July 2016.

Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin, Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Lawrence Hall 381
Phone: 541-346-8169

Professor Lin's current research focuses on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and film created in dialogue with cosmopolitan Shanghai, and addresses issues of Chinese modernity and cultural hybridity.

Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner, Professor and Dean
Lawrence Hall 105
Phone: 541-346-3631

Professor Lindner’s research and teaching focus on the interrelations between visual culture, cities, and globalization. He is particularly interested in the role that art, architecture, and urban design play in the making (and unmaking) of the built environment, urban renewal, spatial reordering, sustainability, and cultural citizenship across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Kate Mondloch

Kate Mondloch, Associate Professor, Director of New Media and Culture Certificate & Department Head
Lawrence Hall 237C
Phone: 541-346-2068

Professor Mondloch's research interests focus on late 20th- and early 21st- century art, theory, and criticism, particularly as these areas of inquiry intersect with the cultural, social, and aesthetic possibilities of new technologies.

Kristen Seaman

Kristen Seaman, Assistant Professor
Lawrence Hall 237D

Professor Seaman's research deals with Greek art and architecture and its interaction with the Roman, Near Eastern, and Islamic worlds.  She is especially interested in exploring issues that involve the relationship of art and text; sculpture; and gender, ethnicity, social status, and cross-cultural exchange.  

Akiko Walley

Akiko Walley, Maude I. Kerns Associate Professor of Japanese Art & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Lawrence Hall 237A
Phone: 541-346-1800

Professor Walley specializes in Japanese Buddhist art of the seventh and eighth centuries. Her current book-length project investigates early Buddhist relic devotion in Japan in a trans-Asian context, focusing on the performative nature of Buddhist reliquaries. She also has secondary and tertiary research interests in calligraphy, literati painting, prints of the 18th to 21st centuries, and manga.

Visiting Faculty

Jerome Silbergeld, Professor of Chinese Art History, Emeritus at Princeton University

Professor Silbergeld is the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University. He has published more than seventy authored, edited, and coedited books, exhibition catalogues, articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, as well as curating seven museum exhibitions, on the subjects of traditional and contemporary Chinese painting, architecture and gardens, and Chinese cinema and photographs. He was awarded the A&AA Lawrence Medal in 2016.


Professors Emeriti 

Esther Jacobson-Tepfer (Ph.D., 1970, University of Chicago)

Ellen Johnston Laing (Ph.D., 1967, University of Michigan)

A. Dean McKenzie (Ph.D., 1965, New York University)

Andrew Morrogh (Ph.D., 1983, Courtauld Institute)

Kathleen D. Nicholson (Ph.D., 1977, University of Pennsylvania)

Leland M. Roth (Ph.D., 1973, Yale University)

Sherwin Simmons (Ph.D., 1979, Johns Hopkins University)

Richard A. Sundt (Ph.D., 1981, University of Wisconsin)


Participating Faculty

Jill Hartz, Executive Director of the JSMA