Christopher Steiner

Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History
Acting Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies, Spring 2016
Director of the Museum Studies Program

Joined Connecticut College: 1997

On sabbatical Fall 2015

B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University


African art and material culture

Art market and collecting

Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture

Offbeat museums and visionary art

Censorship and museum controversies

Christopher Steiner teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses in art history, anthropology and museum studies. His classes cover topics on the traditional and contemporary arts of Africa; on the visual representation of race and ethnic identity in art and film; on the history of museums and on recent museum debates and controversies; and on kitsch or "bad" art emerging from the margins, cracks and corners of the canonical art world.

Christopher Steiner, surrounded by artwork

His field research in West Africa focuses on the construction of value and meaning in art through transnational exchange, resulting in numerous articles and his award-winning book African Art in Transit. He is also co-editor of both Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation and Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds.

Steiner is working currently on a book project for the Peabody Museum (Harvard University) about their collection of Liberian masks and material culture acquired in the mid 20th-century by American medical missionary Dr. George W. Harley.

View the art history department website and the museum studies certificate program website.

View Christopher Steiner's personal home page.

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Mailing Address

Christopher Steiner
Connecticut College
Box #5595
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


211 Cummings Arts Center