Douglas Fordham

B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A., Ph.D., Yale University, 2003

Associate Professor, Eighteenth-Century Art

Douglas Fordham specializes in art of the long eighteenth century with an emphasis on British visual culture. He is the author of British Art and the Seven Years' War: Allegiance and Autonomy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) and a co-editor with Tim Barringer and Geoff Quilley of Art and the British Empire (Manchester University Press, 2007). Common themes running through his publications include the impact of political contingency on artistic form and the need to conceive of eighteenth-century art in broader geopolitical terms. He is working on a new book, Prints in the Global Eighteenth Century, which examines the relation of Western print culture to aesthetics, economics, and empire.

Mr. Fordham has taught seminars on print culture, the Social History of Art, Allegory, Religious Art, Enlightenment Aesthetics, London, and the art of the French Revolution. He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.

Prior to teaching at the University of Virginia, Mr. Fordham completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University. He earned his doctorate at Yale University under the direction of Tim Barringer.

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