Robin Veder, Executive Editor of American Art”

October 1, 2017

Robin Veder is the executive editor of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s peer-reviewed journal for art history scholarship. She joined the museum’s staff in January 2017. Veder is responsible for overseeing the intellectual direction and production of the triannual publication, which seeks to promote all aspects of the nation’s visual heritage, from the pre-colonial period to the present day. It is produced by the museum’s Research and Scholars Center and co-published with the University of Chicago Press.

Veder has published extensively on transatlantic art history, visual culture, history of the body and landscape studies. Her book, The Living Line: Modern Art and the Economy of Energy (2015), illuminates connections among the histories of modern art, body cultures and physiological aesthetics in early-20th-century American culture. Other publications include articles in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, American Art, Visual Resources, Journal of Victorian Culture, Modernism/Modernity and International Journal of the History of Sport. Her recent research has been supported by fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center for American Modernism, Harvard University’s Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Durham University in the U.K.

Before joining the museum’s staff, Veder was a tenured associate professor of humanities, art history and visual culture (2010–2016) and assistant professor (2004–2010) at Penn State University, Harrisburg.

She received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University (1991), and her master’s degree (1995) and doctorate (2000) in American studies from the College of William and Mary.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

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