Associate Professor of Art History

Ph.D. and M.A. University of Chicago

Cand.mag., University of Copenhagen

Kristine Nielsen teaches modern and contemporary art. Her research interests center on artistic comparisons of Cold War east and west, the history and theory of iconoclasm in a cross-cultural context, media studies, the historiography of art history and visual studies, and the intersections of art and science.


Her current book project examines the visual political confrontations in the production and destruction of memorial sculpture in postwar East and West Germany.

Recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (2010-2012) with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Nielsen also held a joint appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art + Design and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has received several fellowships and grants, including from the Getty Research Institute, the Stone Summer Theory Institute, the University of Chicago’s Lipman and Visiting Committee on the Visual Arts fellowships.

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