Priyanka Basu

Priyanka Basu

CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History

Department: Art History

Office Address: Baxter 103

Office Phone: (909) 607-4218


Academic History

  • B.S. Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.A. Art Theory and Criticism, Art Center College of Design
  • M.A. Art History, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D. Art History, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art and Theory, especially in Germany; History of Art History in Germany and Austria; Applied Arts

Selected Research and Publications

  • Exhibition review of Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 2012 – February 2013, The Journal of Modern Craft 7:1 (March 2014)
  • “Ideal and Material Ornament: Rethinking the ‘Beginnings’ and History of Art,” Journal of Art Historiography 9 (December 2013) (peer-reviewed)
  • “Anfänge der Kunst und die Kunst der Naturvölker. Kunstwissenschaft um 1900,” in Image Match: Visueller Transfer, “Imagescapes” und Intervisualität in globalen Bild-Kulturen, ed., Martina Baleva, Ingeborg Reichle, and Oliver Lerone Schultz. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2012
  • Book review of Elizabeth C. Mansfield, ed., Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and its Institutions,, 28 April 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2009–2011
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant, Germany, 2009–2010
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany (declined), 2009–2010
  • Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, Germany, 2007–2008
  • University of Southern California, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, Graduate Student Research Grant, 2006

Courses Taught

  • European Modernism 1840-1940
  • Seminar in Modern Art: From Expressionism to the Bauhaus
  • History of Art History