Prof. Dr. Laura Katzman

Professor of Art History

Art History

James Madison University

7870 Archbold Terrace


20818 Cabin John, Maryland


Forschung und Projekte

Derzeitige Position(en)

Professor of Art History, James Madison University (2007-present)

Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

"Mining the Archive: Photography, Modernity, and the Office of Information for Puerto Rico." Research-in-progress for book and exhibition on documentary photography of Puerto Rico in the 1940s.

Frühere Position(en)

Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art, John F. Kennedy- Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin (2018-19)
Associate Professor of Art and Director of Museum Studies, Randolph College (1995-2007)
Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Smith College Program at the Smithsonian Institution (2003-07)
Fulbright Scholar & Guest Professor, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik and Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg (2002-03)
Visiting Curator of Photography, Harvard University Art Museums (1995-2001)


Monographien (und Dissertation)

Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights (Harrisonburg: Duke Gallery of Fine Art, 2017; second printing 2018).
Principal author, Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam (University Park: Penn State University Press, revised second edition, 2014).
Co-author, Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000).


“The Fine Art of Memorialization: A Conversation with Gunter Demnig,” in Marius Henderson and Julia Lange, eds., Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holocaust in a Global Age (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017): 39-68.
“Source Matters: Ben Shahn and the Archive,” Smithsonian Archives of American Art Journal 54:2 (Fall 2015): 4-33.
Co-author, “The (Im)permanent Collection: Lessons from a Deaccession,” Museum 88:1 (January/February 2009): 3; 54-64.

Forschungsinteressen und Arbeitsgebiete

20th Century Art of the United States; History of Photography; New Deal Documentary Photography; Public Art: Monuments and Memorials; Museum Studies; Visual Culture and Material Culture Studies