New Visiting Environmental Humanities Faculty Member Joins PEI for 2016-2017

Holly Welles ・ Princeton Environmental Institute

Alan BraddockThe Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to announce that Alan Braddock has been co-appointed by PEI and the Department of Art and Archaeology as the 2016 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities.

Braddock is the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. His research and teaching focus on the history of American art, ecology, and animal studies.  He is the author of the book Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity (2009) and co-editor, with Christoph Irmscher, of A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History (2009).  His articles have appeared in journals such as American Art, American Quarterly, and 19th-Century Art Worldwide, and his essay “From Nature to Ecology: The Emergence of Ecocritical Art History” was published in A Companion to American Art (Wiley/Blackwell, 2015), edited by John Davis, Jennifer Greenhill, and Jason LaFountain. In December 2015, the Terra Foundation invited him to participate in its Roundtable on Art and Environment at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris as one of the ARTCOP21 events coinciding with the UN Climate Change conference.

Braddock previously visited Princeton during the fall semester of 2014 as the Belknap Visiting Professor in the Princeton Humanities Center where he co-taught a cross-listed interdisciplinary seminar on “Nature’s Nation Revisited- An Ecocritical History of American Art” with Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.  The seminar explored the history of American art in relation to issues of ecology and environmental history.

While at Princeton, Braddock will work with Kusserow to curate the forthcoming 2018 Princeton University Art Museum exhibition Nature’s Nation:  American Art and Environment.  In addition, Braddock will teach an updated version of “Nature’s Nation Revisted” during the spring semester of 2017, reflecting new scholarship and new exhibition-related research.