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Kristen Galvin ’08

Assistant Professor and Director Art History
Kristen Galvin MA ’08 is currently an Assistant Professor and Director Art History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Examining post-1960s visual and material culture in the United States, Galvin’s interdisciplinary research and teaching explore intersections across contemporary art, film and media, performance, gender and sexuality, memory, popular music, and subcultural studies.
In her work she also advocates for the public humanities, doctoral reform, and fair labor practices in higher education. She has published in Art Journal Open, American Book Review, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Leonardo Electronic Almanac and in edited collections.
She received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine where she completed her dissertation on Downtown New York’s cultural scenes in the 1970s–1980s. Her current book project explores “hypernostalgia” and reconfigurations of old and new media cultures in relation to constructions of “Americanness” in the 21st century.

Prior to her time at UCCS, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses and advised multiple theses in art history and film and media studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
She also held the position of Assistant Director for Graduate Engagement and Lecturer in the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, where she created the Envision Humanities initiative, which featured a public humanities internship program and institute.
In addition to her MA and MFA earned at Purchase, she first completed a BA in Visual Art with Honors at Brown University, and a PhD in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine.