Maud Lavin

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Maud Lavin is a nonfiction writer and cultural historian. She is a professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her most recent book is Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women. She is currently doing research for her new book coauthored with SooJin Lee and Fang-tze Hsu, Lipstick Dreams: Images of Femininities Circulating Among China, South Korea, and the U.S. Her former students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago include curator Reba Katrib, critic Lori Waxman, design historian Ross Elfline, artist Haseeb Ahmed, artist and craft historian Sarah Alford, and designer Ismaji Cahyono.


  • Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (MIT, 2010)
  • The Oldest We’ve Ever Been (Arizona, 2008), as editor and co-author
  • The Business of Holidays (Monacelli/Random House, 2004), as editor and co-author
  • Clean New World: Culture, Politics and Graphic Design (MIT, 2001)
  • Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontgaes of Hannah Hoech (Yale, 1993)


  1. SAIC Faculty Page
  2. MIT Press Author Page
  3. Amazon Author Profile
  4. FNews Magazine Interview: Maud Lavin on Women and Aggression
  5. Seminary Co-op Bookstore Reading
  6. Lecture at the University of Chicago
  7. Lecture at the California College of the Arts