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Caitlin Beach

Assistant Professor of Art History

Art History, Faculty

Faculty Memorial Hall 447
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-817-4892

Office Hours:  Mon-1:00-3:00 & by appointment


AB, Bowdoin College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University


Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and American art; visual and material culture of the Atlantic world; histories of slavery, colonialism, and diaspora; sculpture.


Caitlin Beach specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and visual culture. Her research and teaching focus on currents of cultural exchange in the Atlantic world, issues of race and representation, the histories and aftereffects of slavery and colonialism, the intersection of art and capitalism, and practices of exhibition and display.

Her current book project, Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery, critically interrogates the place of nineteenth-century sculpture in a transatlantic world contoured at once by the wide-reaching commerce of American slavery and the international campaigns mounted to end it. She is also at work on two additional projects: an article on the stage performances and portraiture of the actor Ira Aldridge in Britain, and a study of the transmission of print practices between New Orleans and France.

Before coming to Fordham, Beach was the 2016-2018 Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and taught in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. Her work has also been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Cathedral Fund at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She coordinates the New York reading group for the Association of Critical Race Art History (


Introduction to Art History
Eighteenth-century Art



“John Bell’s American Slave in the Context of Production and Patronage,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 15, no. 2 (Summer 2016)

“Meta Warrick Fuller’s Mary Turner and the Memory of Mob Violence,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Spring 2015): 16-27.

Selected book reviews and catalogue entries

Review, Charmaine Nelson, Slavery, Geography and Empire in the Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (Routledge, 2016),, April 2018, doi: 10.3202/

“Kara Walker, 40 Acres of Mules (2015),” Museum Research Consortium Dossier: Race and the Museum. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2017, 85-88.