Thomas Stubblefield

Thomas Stubblefield

Interim Associate Dean

College of Visual & Performing Arts



College of Visual & Performing Arts 301B



Thomas Stubblefield joined the Art History department in the Fall of 2010.  Prior to that, he earned aPh.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California-Irvine and a Masters in Art History from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has taught courses in Art History and Film Studies at Laguna College of Art and Design, FIDM, El Camino College, Columbia College Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Chicago State University, Facets Film School and the University of California-Irvine. In 2014, he received the Josef Breitenbach Research Fellowship through the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography.

Research Interests:

Professor Stubblefield's research interests include:  the visual culture of disaster, memory, digital-analog discourses, Postmodern aesthetics, theory of photography, film studies, psychoanalysis, critical theory (the Frankfurt school, Post-Structuralism) and the portrait after WWII.

Sample Courses:

  • ARH 105: Visual Imagery: A Critical Introduction
  • ARH 125: Renaissance to Modern Art and Its Antecedents
  • ARH 150: Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ARH 329: Portraiture
  • ARH 390 (Special Topics): Cultural Memory and the Image, The Visual Culture of Disaster, Censorship and 20th century Visual Culture, and Postmodernism.
  • ARH 445: Theory of Photography

Recent Works:

9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

Selected Essays:

“In Pursuit of Other Networks:  Drone Art and Accelerationist Aesthetics.”  In Life in the Age of Drones, edited by Caren Kaplan and Lisa Parks, Durham, NC: Duke University Press (under review).

“The City From Afar: Urbanization and the Aerial View in Alvin Coburn's The Octopus.” In Journal of Urban History (forthcoming)

“The Home after Interiority: Postmodernism, Photography and the Domestic Sphere.” In Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts, edited by Kathy-Ann Tan and Cecile Sandten, Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (forthcoming).

“The Camera as Corrective: Post-Photography, Disaster Networks and the Afterimage of Hurricane Katrina.” In 10 Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity, edited by Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik, New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield, (forthcoming).

"In the Pursuit of an Outside: Art Speigelman's In the Shadow of No Towers and the Crisis of the Unrepresentable." In After NAFTA: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature.  Edited by Brett Josef Grubisic, Tara Lee and Gisèle M. Baxter , Waterloo, Ontario:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 

“Ars Oblivionalis: Umberto Eco and Erasure.”  In Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing through the Discipline, edited by James Elkins, New York: Routledge, 2013.

“Do Disappearing Monuments Simply Disappear? The Counter-Monument in Revision." Future Anterior 8, no. 2(Winter 2011).

"Two Kinds of Darkness: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Community of Cinema." In Canadian Journal of Film Studies 19, no.2 (2010).

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