Christopher Steiner

Contact Christopher Steiner
Mailbox: 5595
Office: 211 Cummings Arts Center
Phone: (860) 439-2797
Fax: (860) 439-5339

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies

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

Joined Connecticut College: 1997

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.