Lecturer, Islamic Arts and Culture
Sascha Crasnow, Ph.D. is a Lecturer of Islamic Arts in the Residential College and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) and in the Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS) program. She received her BS Honors in Psychology from the University of Washington, her MA in Art History from CUNY-Hunter College, and her PhD in Art History from the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on contemporary art from the SWANA region, with a particular focus on issues related to contemporary socio-politics, critical race studies, and gender & sexuality.
Her manuscript, The Age of Disillusionment: Palestinian Art After the Intifadas, based on her dissertation, examines the effect of the inter-Intifada period and failure of the peace process on Palestinian art production after 2000 and is currently under review with Duke University Press. Forthcoming articles include an analysis of cultural appropriation and Arab erasure of the Mizrahi Jewish population in Israel in Lateral, an examination of the use of hybrid mythological figures among queer and non-binary SWANA artists in the Journal of Visual Culture, and an exploration of what Trans Studies can bring to bear on the fields of Art History and Visual Culture in Art Journal. Her essay situating the artist’s work within the broader context of contemporary research-based art practices will also appear in a forthcoming book on Tania El Khoury.