Humanities Institute Administration

Juliet Koss

Institute Director

Juliet Koss Juliet Koss, Associate Professor of Art History at Scripps College, specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art and architecture with an emphasis on German and Soviet modernism. A frequent public lecturer in North America and Europe, she received her BA from Columbia University and her PhD from the Department of Architecture at MIT; she is the author of Modernism after Wagner (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), a critical history of the composer Richard Wagner’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, and one of three finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, given annually by the College Art Association to an especially distinguished book published the preceding year in the discipline.

Koss’s essays (and a poem) have been published in a broad range of scholarly journals, edited volumes, and exhibition catalogs in the United States and Europe. Her scholarship has been supported by fellowships from such organizations as the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation; she has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles (1998-2000), a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (2008), the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2009), and a Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow with an affiliation at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2002-4 and 2013). She serves on the boards of the Historians of German and Central European Art (HGCEA) and the journal Modernism/modernity.

Koss has been a professor at Scripps since 2000, teaching such courses as “Representing the Metropolis,” “European Modernism 1840-1940,” “Old New Media,” and “Architectural Modernism in Los Angeles” and serving as Chair of the Department of Art History from 2009 to 2014. She has received three Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards at Scripps, one for teaching (2001) and two for research (2006 and 2011). In 2011 she was the Rudolf Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she taught seminars on the Russian and Soviet Avant-Gardes and on the Bauhaus.

Koss is currently writing her second book, Model Soviets, Monumental Snapshots, and the Perfect Future, which explores a broad range of documentary images of architecture to address the visual culture of the Soviet obsession with construction in the 1920 and 30s, with particular attention to Moscow. The book reveals how photographs of models, still and moving images of buildings under scaffolding, and views of completed edifices emblematized the construction of the Soviet state, presenting utopian visions as monumental facts even as the city itself remained chaotically under construction. Photo by Hans Glave 

Amy Emmert

Program Administrator

Amy EmmertAmy Emmert has been working with the Humanities Institute since November of 2013. Prior to her position at Scripps, Amy worked as a journalist and journalism educator, having spent her early career in newspapers and 11 years teaching journalism workshops and advising the student-run publications at UCLA. The UCLA Daily Bruin was named the best collegiate newspaper in the nation several times under Amy’s advisement, and Amy was the 2012 California Journalism Educator of the Year. Amy remains involved in journalism, in part as president of the California College Media Association, one of two nonprofits she helped found. She is finding the dynamic work at the Humanities Institute to mirror many aspects of her former life in journalism, and uncovers new applications for her background every day. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1996.


Humanities Institute Directors past and present, clockwise from top left: Claire Bridge, Michael Roth, Rita Roberts, David Lloyd, Susan Rankaitis, Norton Batkin, Julia E. Liss, Nathalie Rachlin, Dion Scott-Kakures, Cheryl Walker

Humanities Institute Directors past and present, clockwise from top left: Claire Bridge, Michael Roth, Rita Roberts, David Lloyd, Susan Rankaitis, Norton Batkin, Julia E. Liss, Nathalie Rachlin, Dion Scott-Kakures, Cheryl Walker

Past Directors

  • Cándida Jáquez: 2011-2014
  • T. Kim-Trang Tran: 2008-2011
  • Nathalie Rachlin: 2005-2008
  • Julia E. Liss: 2002-2005
  • David Lloyd: 1999-2002
  • Cheryl Walker: 1996-1999
  • Dion Scott-Kakures: 1995-1996
  • Rita Roberts: 1994-1995
  • Norton Batkin: 1988-Fall 1990
  • Michael Roth: Spring 1990-1994 and 1986-1988

Steering Committee : Fall 2014

  • Andrew Aisenberg, Professor of History
  • Yuval Avnur, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • David Cubek, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra
  • Warren Liu, Assistant Professor of English
  • Aaron Matz, Associate Professor of English
  • Nathalie Rachlin, Professor of French
  • Rita Roberts, Professor of History and Africana Studies
  • David Kawalko Roselli, Associate Professor of Classics and Director of the Core Curriculum