Professor Emeritus
susmith@ucsd.edu
Office/Studio
H&SS 2134

Biography

Susan Smith joined the Department in the Fall of 1987 after having taught here as a visitor on several occasions. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, where she studied history and philosophy, did graduate work in Medieval Studies at Yale University, and received her PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Her book The Power of Women: A Topos in Medieval Literature and Art was being published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1995. Smith is also the author of articles dealing with the rhetoric of nudity in Renaissance depictions of the Old Testament heroine Judith, the gendering of Christ’s body in fifteenth century manuscripts of the Biblia Pauperum, representations of the female gaze in fourteenth century ivory mirror cases, and other issues relating to art and gender. In addition to the secular art of the Middle Ages, her current research interests include issues involving the cognitive function of vision in medieval theology and art theory, and she is presently at work on a book concerning medieval women as viewers of art. She has also worked as a labor arbitrator and has co-authored two books and an educational film (of which she was also executive producer) on labor relations. Smith teaches courses in The Idea of Medieval Art, Jan van Eyck, The Illuminated Manuscript in the Middle Ages, and Art and Gender in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Smith also serves as Provost of UCSD’s John Muir College.

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Susan Smith