Assistant Professor of Art History
Faculty Memorial Hall 447
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
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 (https://acrah.org/reading-groups/).