Elizabeth Adan joined the Department of Art and Design in Fall 2007. She received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Religion, and Cultural Analysis with a Doctoral Emphasis in Women's Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2006. She also holds an MA in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA in Studio Art from U.C. Santa Barbara. In 2000-2001 she was a Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly, she taught in the Women's Studies Program (now the Department of Feminist Studies) and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at UCSB, and she has also worked as a curator and freelance arts administrator. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art, feminist and critical theory, and performance and ritual studies. Her recent publications include a revaluative survey article on the relationships between religion, ritual, and contemporary art, first published in Religion and Everyday Life and Culture (Praeger, 2010) and republished in Religion and Culture: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives (Fortress, 2012) as well as an article on radical aesthetics and global contexts in the work of Doris Salcedo (Third Text, 2010). She is currently completing articles on race, vision, and representation in Paul Pfeiffer’s Long Count series and on the relationships between feminism, postmodernism, and contemporary art history in the work of Francesca Woodman. Dr. Adan is also affiliated faculty and a member of the faculty board in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Cal Poly.
Associate Professor Art History