Includes a handful of positions across media, geography and period in which the focus was on Theory or Art Criticism in departments of art history 1930s-present in our database of 15 universities (including all PhD granting departments). The category attempts to capture especially the institutional acknowledgment of developments in the discipline in the last decades of the 20th century above all and is not all-inclusive. Today a large percentage of art historians engage with theory as a matter of course but few were hired in positions designated as “theory” positions. For a broader list of faculty teaching and researching in this area, consult our expanded list (which includes current faculty in undergraduate only art history departments).

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