History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

Assistant Professor

Art History: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual culture of the United States; periodical studies; history of technology

Vanessa Meikle Schulman is a specialist in the art and visual culture of the United States. She received her PhD in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010, and has published her research in the academic journals Invisible Culture, American Periodicals, and Early Popular Visual Culture. Her book, Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America, published by the University of Massachusetts Press, was the winner of the 2016 International Committee for the History of Technology book prize for junior scholars and was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2016. Before coming to Mason, she taught at Illinois State University. She will be offering classes on colonial through twentieth-century American art and architecture, history of photography, and other thematic art history courses.

Selected Publications

Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015).

Forthcoming: “‘The Books We All Read’: The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration and American Soldiers in the Great War,” The Lion and the Unicorn, 2017.

“Alph-Art, B Movies, Cast Corpses: Death by Sculpture and Hergé’s Middle Ground,” in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are not so Clear, ed. Joe Sutliffe Sanders (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016), 62-76.

“Walter Robinson: Badness Embraced,” in Walter Robinson, ed. Barry Blinderman (Normal, IL: University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2015), 46-51.

“Managing Subjects, Manufacturing Citizens: Picturing Sites of Social Control in Nineteenth-Century America.” Early Popular Visual Culture 12.2 (May 2014): 104-126.

“Definite Indeterminacy: Blindness in the Civil War Imagery of Ambrose Bierce and Winslow Homer,” Invisible Culture 19 (Fall 2013): ivc.lib.rochester.edu

“Making the Magazine: Visuality, Managerial Capitalism, and the Mass Production of Periodicals, 1865-1890,” American Periodicals 22.1 (Spring 2012): 1-28.

“Deeply Shallow: Ruminations on Surface,” Octopus: A Visual Studies Journal 4 (2008): 9-18.

Education

Ph.D. 2010, Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

M.A. 2007, Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

A.B. 2003, History of Art and Architecture and American Civilization, Brown University