Kristine Nielsen


Associate Professor of Art History

Chair 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, public monuments and iconoclasm, and the political and visual commemorative cultures in former East Germany.

Nielsen’s research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Stone Summer Theory Institute, Knud Højgaards Fond, the University of Chicago’s Lipman Fellowship, and Visiting Committee on the Visual Arts fellowship. In 2010-12, she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. She also held a joint appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Art History Program

Humanities Program

International & Global Studies

Courses taught frequently:

ART 110 Close Looking

ART 115 Introduction to Art History

ART 220 Introduction to Visual Culture

ART 320 Global Modern Art

ART 322 Global Contemporary Art

ART 399  Art Seminar