Promoted to Associate Professor
Visual & Performing Arts
Catherine Dossin is an art historian. Originally from France she received a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. At Purdue University, she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her research is rooted in historiography and geopolitics with an emphasis on transnational dialogues and cultural transfers. Her first book, Geopolitics of the Western Art World, 1940s-1980s, to be published by Ashgate in 2014, challenges the New York-centered official story of postwar Western art by highlighting the role played by the German, Italian, Dutch, and Belgian so-called peripheries. She is currently working on a history of the reception of American art in postwar Europe. She is the vice director of Artl@s, an international project that provides scholars with the spatial (digital) tools necessary to write a transnational history of the arts. She also serves as the president of the European Post-War and Contemporary Art Forum (ECAF).