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Director, Visual and Cultural Studies Program, Associate Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Art And Art History
Areas of expertise: popular culture and celebrity, cultural studies, media and culture, urban and community studies, twentieth-century American cultural history, aesthetic categories and values.
In the News
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Bringing train station to life, pixel by pixel
December 12, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Video games and shooting: Is the NRA right?
December 23, 2012
New York Times (State Version)
The Meaning in a Drawer Full of Old Family Snapshots
November 16, 2012
Not even nostalgia could save Kodak
January 23, 2012
Joan Saab is an Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She holds a B.A. in English and Art History from Tufts University, an M.A. in American Studies with a focus on Material Culture and Folk Art from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University. Her first book, For the Millions: American Art and Culture Between the Wars (2004) was the inaugural volume in the “Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America” series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She has written articles on Oprah’s Book Club and the gendering of public taste, nostalgia and the New Urbanism, and motherhood and anti-feminism in the popular media. She is currently at work on a multi-media book project, tentatively entitled, Searching for Siqueiros.