Kristine Nielsen


Associate Professor of Art History

Director of the Humanities Program

Ph.D. and M.A., Art History, University of Chicago
Cand.mag., Art History, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kristine Nielsen teaches modern and contemporary art and visual culture. Her research interests center on Nordic contemporary art, and iconoclasm and the visual culture of the Cold War, particularly in former East Germany.

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.


The Humanities Program

The International Studies

Courses taught frequently:

GW 100 Visual Literacy Art 110 Close Looking ART 115 Introduction to Art History ART 120 Introduction to Visual Culture ART 320 Modern Art ART 322 Contemporary Art