Nicholas Mirzoeff

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Nicholas Mirzoeff in 2012

Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual culture theorist and professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.[1] He is best known for his work developing the field of visual culture and for his many books and his widely used textbook on the subject.


  • 2007-Present: Journal of Photography and Culture, Editorial Board Member
  • 2005: Visiting Canterbury Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 2004-2007: British Film Institute Television Classics, Editorial Board Member
  • 2002-Present: Situation Analysis, Editorial Board Member
  • 2002: Visiting Fellow, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA
  • 2002: Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2001-Present: The Journal of Visual Culture, Editorial Board Member
  • 2001: Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • 2001: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA, Visiting Fellow
  • 2000-2005: Visual Culture Caucus, Founder and Co-President
  • 2000-2005: College Art Association, Board of Directors
  • 1996: Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University
  • 1994: Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, Visiting Fellow
  • 1993: Yale Center for British Art, Visiting Fellow
  • 1992: J. Paul Getty Center, Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and the Humanities
  • 1991: NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies


  • 2006: Steinhardt Challenge Grant

Publications and bibliography[edit]

  • The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Duke University Press, 2011)
  • Seinfeld: A Critical Study of the Series (British Film Institute, 2007)
  • Watching Babylon: the War in Iraq and Global Visual Culture (Routledge, 2005) translated into Italian as Guardare la Guerra (Rome: Meltemi, 2005)
  • (as editor) Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews (London and New York: Routledge, 2001)
  • An Introduction to Visual Culture (London and New York: Routledge, 1999) translations into Italian, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. Second fully revised edition, 2008.
  • (as editor) The Visual Culture Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 1998) Second fully revised edition, 2002.
  • Bodyscape: Art, Modernity and the Ideal Figure (London and New York: 1995) translated into Korean
  • Silent Poetry: deafness, sign and visual culture in modern France (Princeton and London: Princeton University Press, 1995)[2]


  1. ^ Nicholas Mirzoeff biography at NYU (Accessed November 1, 2007)
  2. ^ Nelson, Jennifer L. (1997). "Silent Poetry: Deafness, Sign, and Visual Culture in Modern France (review)". Bulletin of the History of Medicine 71 (4): 749–750. doi:10.1353/bhm.1997.0161. 

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