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Meet the Faculty

Joan DelPlato


Joan DelPlato

Art History and Women's Studies
Division: Arts
Appointment: 1987

Daniel Arts Center
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PhD, UCLA, Art History, 1987
MA. UCLA, Art History, 1980
BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Buffalo, Art History, 1975

Professional History:

California State College, Long Beach
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Getty Center for Art History and Humanities, research associate

Areas of Interest:

Issues of gender and class in art • 19th-century art in England and France • late Harlem Renaissance art • contemporary culture • Orientalism • critical methods

Research Interests/Professional Service:

  • Co-Coordinator: Bill and Melinda Gates Seminar for Early College Teachers, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, August 2005 to 2009.
  • Director: Writing and Thinking Workshop, the academic orientation program for new students, Bard College Simon’s Rock, 1998 to 2006.
  • Trainer of Faculty: Bard High School Early College, Brooklyn, New York, Fall 2001-03.
  • Review Article for Romantic and Victoriana on the Web (2010) on Mary Roberts’s Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature.
  • Manuscript Reader for Victorians Institute Journal (VIJ) (Summer 2009); Romanticism and Victoriana on the Web (RaVon) (Summer 2009) Nineteenth-Century Studies (January 2009) and Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (February 2006).
  • Review Article for American Anthropologist (December 2005) 107, 4 on Ilona Katzew’s Casta Painting (Yale University Press, 2004).
  • Review Article for Journal of British Studies (July 2005) 44, 3: 611-12 on Pamela M. Fletcher’s Narrating Modernity: The British Problem Picture, 1895-1914 (Ashgate, 2003).
  • Evaluator and Chair, Outstanding Article Prize Committee, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, 2005-2008.
  • Conference Paper 02/11: “Linda Nochlin and Maura Reilly’s Global Feminisms: The Cultural Logic of the Late Philip Morris’s Art Sponsorship,” College Art Association (CAA, New York).
  • Conference Panel Chair: 02/10 “Texting and Imaging the Middle-Eastern Body,” CAA, Chicago.
  • Conference Paper 01/06, “The Pedagogy of the Writing Prompt,” AAC&U Conference, Washington, DC on the panel titled “Challenging Boundaries: Early College as an Agent for Change.”
  • Conference Paper 10/04: “Making the Nude Oriental: Drapery and Body as Ciphers of Difference,” paper on the panel, The Legacy of the French Nude, 19th-century French Studies Association annual conference, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.
  • Conference Commentator 05/04: Invited commentator for MIT Conference The Harem in History and the Imagination.
  • Conference Paper 02/04: “Intertextuality and Black Femininity in Jacob Lawrence’s Harriet Tubman Series (1939),” CAA, Seattle, WA.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:


  • Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures with Julie Codell (Ashgate Press).
  • Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures: Representing the Harem, 1800-1875 London and Teaneck, NJ: Associated University Presses (Farleigh Dickinson University Press).


  • "Students Must Learn to Analyze Sources Critically [re: Simon's Rock teaching and learning]," with Nancy Yanoshak, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012.
  • "Collecting/ Painting Harem / Clothing," in Material Culture, 1740–1920: Meanings and Pleasures of Collecting, John Potvin and Alla Myzelev, eds. Ashgate Press, Aldershot, England and Burlington, VT, 2009, 87-108.
  • "Dress and Undress: Clothing and Eroticism in Nineteenth-Century Visual Representations of the Harem," in Harem Histories: Imagining Places, Living Spaces, Marilyn Booth, editor, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • "Visual Learning: Female Students, Women Artists and Mothers," in Outside the Lines: Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the “New Pedagogy” for the 21st Century, Nancy Yanoshak, ed. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. 153-73.
  • "and Animation: The Visual Language of Dance of Death in Fifteenth-Century Germany and Today," commentary to Dance of Death, DVD, Christine Gevert, director, Crescendo Publishing, 2008.


  • Research Associate, Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, Fall 2001.
  • Millard Meiss Manuscript Preparation Award, College Art Association, for Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures, awarded October 1999.

Other Activities:

Dr. DelPlato was a research associate at the Getty Center for Art History and Humanities