Susan Casteras

Susan Casteras

Title: Kollar Professor of American Art
Company: University of Washington
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Susan Casteras, Kollar Professor of American Art at the University of Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership art and art history education.

Dr. Casteras is renowned for many years of experience and expertise as an educator well-versed in American art, British art, art museums, women’s studies, racial representation and methodology. Upon retiring from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2016, she was recognized as a professor emerita. She started at the institution in 1996 and brought her previous experience as the Curator of Paintings at the Yale Center for British Art and as a faculty member in the Art History department at Yale University between 1974 and 1996. In addition to these positions, Dr. Casteras was called upon as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York from 1985 to 1987. Specializing in Victorian and 19th-century visual culture, some of her focuses include Pre-Raphaelitism and the object-related approach to research. Her other areas of study include fairy paintings, Victorian history pictures, religious themes, Aestheticism, emigration imagery and constructions of race and labor. Her work has resulted in such awards as a fellowship with the Danforth Foundation, a postdoctoral fellowship in women’s studies with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a Whiting Prize fellow with Yale University, a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Council of Learned Societies and with a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow for University Teachers.

In her own academic pursuits, Dr. Casteras first earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and English Literature, which was considered a historical first, at Vassar College in 1971. During her time there, she was greatly influenced by Professor Linda Nochlin. She continued her educational pursuits at Yale University, receiving a Master of Arts in the history of art in 1973, a Master of Philosophy in 1975 and a PhD in the history of art in 1977. Throughout her career, she maintained professional affiliation with the College Art Association, the Historians of British Art, Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies, Northeast Victorian Studies Association and the Northeast 18th Century Studies Association.

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