Terra Visiting Professor of American Art, 2022-2023
Christopher Reed is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture at the Pennsylvania State University, where he directs the interdisciplinary PhD program in Visual Studies. His scholarship and teaching engage with a wide range of art and design with an eye to the social significance of visual expression and experience.
His books include the award-winning Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities (2017), Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (2011), the co-authored If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past (2012), Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity (2004), and the anthology Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture (1996).
At Oxford, Professor Reed’s undergraduate and MSt courses will explore the intersections and overlaps of identity within American art. During his time at Oxford, his research will follow the paths of Americans abroad in Britain, continental Europe, and Japan, from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, in order to understand the impact travel and expatriate experience have had on American understandings of American-ness.