Lecturer I in History of Art
Heather Vinson's teaching and research focuses on Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture in the United States and Europe, with an emphasis on gender and race theory, critical theory, and the historiography of art history. Her publications analyze Edgar Degas's ballet classroom pictures and ways in which the artist's repetitious labors were analogous to his dancer-motif's actual daily mnemonic exercises in the classroom - resulting in a "radical empathy" between artist and object/dancer. Her research utilizes various theories of memory, time, and social space. She has taught at numerous institutions, including Kalamazoo College, Colgate University, University of South Florida, and University of West Georgia. Heather also specializes in undergraduate research and writing skills.