BA (UBC), MA, PhD (Columbia)

Jillian Lerner specializes in nineteenth-century visual culture, with an emphasis on print, early photography, and commercial visual attractions. She studied art history at Columbia University, completing her PhD in 2006 under the direction of Jonathan Crary and Anne Higonnet. Dr. Lerner’s research has been published in History of Photography, Oxford Art Journal, and Grey Room. Her book on Gavarni and the illustration of modern life is currently under review. Jillian is also the author of an original graphic novel, The Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum, which explores the terrain of photography, show business, and advertising in 1850s New York.