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Susan Jarosi specializes in art and visual culture since 1950. Her research and teaching interests include art and social justice, trauma studies, performance art, economic histories of the arts, and interchanges between art and science.

Before arriving at Hamilton, Jarosi was an associate professor of art history and visual studies at the University of Louisville, where she held joint faculty appointments in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Fine Arts Department.

One of Jarosi’s current scholarly projects is “Prima Galleristas: Mapping Female Dealers in Mid-Twentieth Century Manhattan.” The project examines how the commercial enterprise and cultural agency of female dealers shaped the urban landscape of art in the U.S in the second half of the 20th century. “Prima Galleristas” combines primary archival research with the affordances of digital technologies including geospatial mapping and network analysis.

Recent Courses Taught

Art and Social Change
Economic Histories of the Arts
Global Contemporary Art
History of Performance Art
Installation Art
Art & Feminism


  • National Humanities Center, Summer Institute in the Digital Humanities, 2017-18
  • Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship, Vienna, Austria, 2001-02

Select Publications

  • “Expanded Cinema,” in Meiling Cheng and Gabrielle Cody, eds., Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres(New York: Routledge, 2016), 201-203.
  • “The Audience Cries Back,” in Kathryn Brown, ed., Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014), 155-175.
  • “Traumatic Subjectivity and the Continuum of History: Hermann Nitsch’s Orgies Mysteries Theater,” Art History 36, no. 4 (September 2013): 834-863.
  • “Keeping Score: Considering Performance Texts as Artists’ Writings,” in Helena De Preester, ed., Not a Day Without a Line – Understanding Artists’ Writings (Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press, 2013), 106-126.
  • “Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology: Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s Found-Footage Films and Computer-Laser-Videos,” Screen 53, no. 3 (Autumn 2012): 228-245.
  • “The Image of the Artist in Performance Art: The Case of Rudolf Schwarzkogler,” Art and Documentation 5 (Autumn 2011): 63-80; reprinted in English in volume 8 (Spring 2013): 65-77.
  • How to Look at Eclipses Without Being Blinded,” for Victory Over the Sun: The Poetics and Politics of Eclipse, exhibition at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY, August 19–December 3, 2017: 
  • With Avery Kolers, “Louisville, Slugged,” Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors 103, no. 3 (May-June 2017): 10-14.
  • “Taking Hostages in Kentucky,” Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors 102, no. 6 (November-December 2016): 47.
  • “An Interview with Billie Maciunas,” in Ken Friedman, ed., The Fluxus Reader (London: Academy Editions, 1998), 199-211.

Professional Affiliations

  • Committee on College and University Governance, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), 2016-19
  • President, University of Louisville AAUP Chapter, 2017-18
  • Vice President, University of Louisville AAUP Chapter, 2016-17

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., University of Virginia

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