Department of Fine Arts


Marianne Kinkel

Marianne Kinkel joined the WSU faculty in 2003. She received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kinkel’s research focuses on the art and visual culture of the United States. Among her current research interests are the history of ethnographic sculpture, museum collecting and display practices, and contemporary art that engages discourses of race and gender. Her publications include Races of Mankind: The Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman (University of Illinois Press, 2011) and “Sculptures as Museum Models: Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind Display at the Field Museum, Chicago,” a chapter in the anthology Sculpture and the Museum (Ashgate, 2011). Her current book project examines the role of anti-prejudice cartoons, comic books, and animated films in combating racism and anti-Semitism in America during World War II and the postwar period. Kinkel has received various grants to support her research including a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association, Library Research Grants from the Getty Research Institute, and a Smithsonian Fellowship.

Dr. Kinkel teaches courses surveying the history of 19th and 20th century art as well as special topic seminars for undergraduate and graduate students.

Associate Professor: Art History
Undergraduate Coordinator
T: (509) 335-1363
Office: Room 5072E

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