Commentators

Rachael DeLue:

Rachael DeLue is an associate professor in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. She specializes in the history of American art and visual culture, with particular focus on intersections between art and science and the history of African American art. She is the author of George Inness and the Science of Landscape (2004) and the coeditor, with James Elkins, of Landscape Theory (2008).

D. Graham Burnett:

Graham Burnett is a professor in the Program in History of Science at Princeton University. His interests include the history of natural history and the sciences of the earth and the sea from the 17th through the 20th centuries, including cartography, navigation, oceanography, and ecology/environmentalism.  The recipient of a 2009 Mellon New Directions Fellowship, he is currently working on connections between the sciences and the visual arts.

Mary Louise Pratt:

Mary Louise Pratt is a Silver Professor and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Spanish & Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at New York University. She served as the president of the Modern Language Association in 2003. Her noted publications include Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992 [2007]); “Arts of the Contact Zone,” (1991); and Toward a Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse (1977).

Anne McCauley:

Anne McCauley is the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. Her most recent work has been involved with critical reappraisals of early-20th-century American photography. In The Steerage and Alfred Stieglitz, coauthored with Jason Francisco (2012), she considered Stieglitz’s role as a writer in constructing the myth of The Steerage as a modernist icon.

Ann Fabian:

Ann Fabian is a professor of History and American Studies at Rutgers, where she works on the cultural history of the United States in the long 19th century.  Her published work includes books and essays on gambling, the history of the book, personal narratives, financial panics, ruined banks, and collections of human remains.  Most recently, she has begun research on a new book on the broad circles of early 19th century collectors who traveled the world and found specimens for cabinets and museums.

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