Miguel de Baca

Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities

Assistant Professor of Art History


PhD Harvard University, 2009 
BA Stanford University, 2002 

Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of California, 2001

Interests and research: I specialize in modern American art history, including contemporary art history, with an emphasis on cultural history and American studies. I am especially interested in how memory is invoked through objects, architecture, and marked sites.

Courses Taught 

ARTH 110: Introduction to Visual Arts 

ARTH 217: Nineteenth Century Art

ARTH 218: Twentieth Century Art 

ARTH 219: American Art [cross-listed as AMST 219]

ARTH 222: History of Photography

ARTH 323: Monuments and Memory

ARTH 326: Gender & Identity in Modern Art [formerly “Feminist and Gay Identity”; cross-listed as WGS 326]

ARTH 355: Art of the Sixties 

ARTH 360: Contemporary Art

ARTH 485: Senior Seminar | Means & Methods of Art Historians


Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture. Under contract, University of California Press.

“Frames of Reference: Lisa Blas’s Meet Me at the Mason Dixon.” Meet Me at the Mason Dixon. Exhibition catalog. Gettysburg, PA: Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, 2011.

“Historical Essay, 1965-present.” Latinos and Latinas in US History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010. 

Hardcastle (1962): Anne Truitt and the Trauma of Minimalism.” Athanor  26. Tallahassee, FL: Museum of Fine Arts/Florida State University, 2008.

Conferences Organized

“Clement Greenberg at 100: Looking Back to Modern Art,” Harvard University, 2009

Conference Presentations

“Broken Bodies in the Landscape,” Damage, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with the Boston University Department of Art History, 2008

Hardcastle (1962): Anne Truitt and the Trauma of Minimalism,” 25th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, 2007

“Blurred Boundaries: The Death Cart Object in Martha Graham’s El Penitente (1941),” Festival of Original Theater, University of Toronto, 2005 

“Martha Graham, Georgia O’Keeffe: Dance and Visuality in Modernist New Mexico,” The New American Art History, Yale University, 2004

“All in Good Sport? Charles Dana Gibson’s Illustrations of New Women as Athletes,” Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 

Guest Lectures and Speaking Engagements

“A Conversation with Lisa Blas.” Invited guest of Gettysburg College, in conjunction with the gallery opening of Meet Me at the Mason Dixon, Gettysburg, PA, 2011

“The Art of Collecting.” North Shore Art League, Winnetka, IL, 2011

“iObject: Art Since the Millennium.” Invited guest of the Mellon-Mays Graduate Initiatives. The Allerton Hotel, Chicago, IL, 2011

“In Memory of Minimalism.” University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

“Two Degrees of Separation: The Past, Present, and Future.” Headlined a moderated panel on geopolitical, industrial, and technological change post-9/11. Personal comments focused on impacts of market economies on pedagogy and undergraduate education. Invited by the Stanford Alumni Association in conjunction with Stanford University Reunion Homecoming, Palo Alto, CA, 2007

“European Modernism in New York.” Invited lecture to the Friends of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, onsite at The Frick Collection, Neue Galerie, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2007

Selected Fellowships and Awards

Great Lakes College Association Travel Grant, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Harvard University Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2008-2009 

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Mellon Mays Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2008-2009

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Scholarship, Santa Fe, NM, 2008 (declined)

Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 2007-2008  

Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Cambridge, MA, 2007-2008

Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellowship, Washington, DC, 2007 

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Award, Harvard University, 2006


American Studies Association 

Association of the Historians of American Art

College Art Association