Schaefer, Sarah

Associate Professor, Modern Art
Art History

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD Columbia University, Art History, 2014
  • MA   Columbia University, Art History, 2009
  • BA    University of Michigan, History of Art, 2005

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • 18th and 19th-century European visual cultures
  • modern religious imagery
  • technologies of reproduction
  • display cultures
  • art and revolution
  • medieval revivalisms

Courses Taught:

  • ARTHIST 102: Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture
  • ARTHIST 240: Introduction to Prints and Printmaking: History and Techniques
  • ARTHIST 364: Modernism and the Avant-Garde, 1900-1960 [formerly Modern Painting II: 1900 to the Present]
  • ARTHIST 365: History of Photography
  • ARTHIST 465: Dada and Surrealism
  • ARTHIST 499: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Art of Fantasy
  • ARTHIST 760: Modern Print Culture: Objects and Audiences
  • ARTHIST 760: Manet and the Making of Art History

Selected Publications:

  • Gustave Doré and the Modern Biblical Imagination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)
  • “Tolkien and the Manuscript Tradition: A Re-Collation,” in J. R. R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript (Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum of Art, 2022), 15-24.
  • “Bibles Unbound: The Material Semantics of Nineteenth-Century Scriptural Illustration,” Journal of Art Historiography 26 (June 2022)
  • “Broken Guardians: The Lamassu and Fragmented Historical Vision in Nineteenth-Century France,” Word & Image 37, no. 1 (May 2021), 31-49.
  • “Illuminating the Divine: The Magic Lantern and Religious Pedagogy in America, c. 1870-1920,” Material Religion: The Journal of Art, Objects and Belief 17, no. 3 (September 2017), 275-300.