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Aaron Slodounik is an art historian who specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, with an emphasis on France. His research and teaching interests include the intersection of art and human rights; gender and sexuality; traveling objects; print culture; and photography. Seeking a new approach to art historical narrative and colonialism in French visual culture, his dissertation, The Painter and His Poets: Paul Gauguin and Interartistic Exchange, is a history of objects and texts exchanged between the artist and his Symbolist literary peers in 1890s France.

Aaron has been invited to present his research to general and academic audiences, including at the New York Public Library and the Program in Gender and Sexualities Studies at Princeton University. He has spoken widely on panels at national and international conferences, including the College Art Association, Association for Art History (UK), American Comparative Literature Association, International Comparative Literature Association, and the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, among others.

Before becoming a Teaching & Learning Fellow at Macaulay Honors College, he taught undergraduate courses in art history at Queens College, Queensborough Community College and at Parsons The New School for Design. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the CUNY Graduate Center as well as the Van Gogh Museum, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the NEA Foundation.

Specialties: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art; gender and sexuality studies; critical whiteness studies; new materialisms; material culture; exchange networks; history of photography


PhD, Art History, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
BA, Art History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

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    Association for Critical Race Art History
    Association of Art Historians
    Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Association of Print Scholars
    College Art Association
    European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art
    Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture Modernist Studies Association
    Nineteenth Century Studies Association
    Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association
    Société des études romantiques et dix-neuviémistes
    Society of dix-neuviémistes
    Southeastern College Art Conference

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