Emily Gephart

Emily Gephart

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Her research spans many forms of visual culture: she has published and presented on how new scientific approaches to the unconscious mind informed the work of American artists and critics in the early 20th century; on poetic satire and pictorial criticism of modernism in the 1916 Spectra hoax; on transatlantic encounters with the oceanic commons in art; on coordinated human and animal aesthetics in millinery fashion; and on the fabrication and perception of fly fishing lures, among other examples of 19th century 'ecologies of mind.'


  • PhD History Theory & Criticism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 2014
  • MA History of Modern and American Art, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1997
  • BA Art History and Fine Arts Studio, Oberlin College, Oberlin, United States, 1991


Emily Gephart is a historian of the Art and Visual Culture of the United States, with an emphasis on ecocriticism and on the history of perceptual psychology. She has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the History, Theory and Criticism program, and holds a MA in Art History from Tufts University and a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.

Emily has presented her work at conferences including annual meetings of the College Art Association (2012, 2014, 2019); the History of Science Society (2014); the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (2015, 2016, 2018); the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (2019); and at symposia held in Amsterdam, Holland (2013), London, UK (2014), New York (2015), Toronto, (2018) and Princeton, NJ (2018).

Her published articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Cabinet Magazine (2001); Imago Musicae: International Yearbook of Musical Iconography (2014-15); Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide (2015); The Bulletins of the Serving Library (2015 and 2016); American Studies Journal (2016); Panorama (2019); and William James Studies (2017); as well as in anthologies of essays devoted to fashion history and the architecture of modern department stores (2017).

Her co-edited collection of essays, entitled Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene in Nineteenth Century Visual Culture, is forthcoming from Routledge in 2019.