The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is excited to announce Nikki (Nicole) Georgopulos’s appointment as an assistant professor (tenure-track) in art history. She specializes in European art of the nineteenth century.
Her research focuses primarily on realism and its intersections with the history of science, philosophy, and cultural constructs of gender. Before coming to UBC, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
“I look forward to sharing and developing my research among this community of scholars, artists, educators, and students. After my years working as a curator, I'm excited to get back into the classroom to uncover and interrogate the art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries alongside both undergraduate and graduate students alike.”
She will teach these courses in the upcoming academic year:
Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830)
Art, architecture, and social space in Europe and America: redefining gender, identity and nation in the era of industrialization and political change.
19th-Century Art and Social Space
Ideologies of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and economics in 19th-century European and American visual culture.
Nikki received her PhD in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University and her BA in History and Literature from Reed College. She has held positions at the Morgan Library and Museum and the International Foundation for Art Research, and has taught at Stony Brook University and the City College of New York. In 2019, she was elected to the Board of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, for which she currently serves as treasurer.
Nikki’s writing has appeared in Print Quarterly, Panorama, and caa.reviews. Her current book project examines representations of mirrors and reflections in nineteenth-century French art, looking to the confluence of mechanical and chemical advances in mirror-making technology with the mirror’s rise to prominence as an artistic motif in the age of Realism. Her research has been supported by grants from Stony Brook University and the Corning Museum of Glass, where she was Scholar-in-Residence in fall 2018.