UMass Dartmouth faculty Anna M. Dempsey

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ANNA M. DEMPSEY: Biography

Anna Dempsey received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University with a dissertation on Walter Benjamin, Erwin Panofsky and German culture of the twentieth century. Her current research interests include applying Benjamin's critical concepts and theories of place to contemporary museum design, graphic design, architecture and gender and border spaces in film.

Dempsey has received numerous national and international awards and grants including, National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship for the Winterthur Museum, Wilmington DE.   2010-2011 (a four month residency);  UMassD Provost’s Research Grants (multiple); Fulbright Summer Seminar and Research Grant, Jewish Culture in Germany;  Edna Schaeffer Humanist Award, JMU Grant; Grinnell College Faculty Research Grant; Fulbright Fellowship for Germany;, a residence at the Warburg Archive at the University of Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany and Columbia University President’s Fellowship.

Research Interests:

Gender and Modern American Art and Design, Virtual Museums, New Media  and Cyber-culture.

Sample Courses:

  • Graduate Seminar II---Art and Exhibition Design Focus
  • Methods and Theory in Art History and criticism
  • New Media
  • History of Design
  • On Creativity
  • Art Since 1960
  • Art of the African Atlantic Diaspora 
  • Fragmenting Culture:  Out of Africa
  • Art and the City
  • Studies in Visual Culture
  • Art Since 1945